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Top 5 Items to Have Inspected for Winter Driving Safety

Feb 16, 2014

Long Island winters have proven to be getting increasingly worse, each year.  As if the regular snow fall and freezing temperatures weren’t enough, the Blizzard of 2013 shocked and scarred us all. Now, in the midst of yet another winter, 2014 seems to be beating Long Islanders down, with numerous different storms, with significant snowfall.

It isn’t likely that the weather will be getting better anytime soon, which means a continuation of dangerous driving conditions and perhaps even more snowfall.

ER Automotive’s number one priority is always the safety of our customers and we take our role in ensuring the highest level of safety, very seriously.  As part of our job, protecting our customers and all surrounding motorists, ER Automotive urges Long Islanders to take the proper precautions and steps to ensure winter driving safety.   In addition to be extra cautious and vigilant, motorist should have their vehicle(s) inspected by a professional.  At ER Automotive, our expert in auto repair will perform a careful and thorough inspection of your vehicle, in order to help prevent auto accidents and problems, during the winter season.

Although you should have your vehicle inspected on a regular basis and perform all necessary routine maintenance, regardless of the season, winter turns the spotlight on some very specific things, which are critical to winter car/driving safety. 

Top 5 Items to Have Inspected for Winter Driving Safety

Tires

  • Treads – While the National Highway Transportation Safety declares that treads must have a depth of at least 2/32,” that is the bare minimum and ideal for normal road and weather conditions.  Since treads are responsible for traction, or gripping onto the road, good tire treads are even more important in the winter, due to slippery surfaces from snow, sleet, slush, and ice.  We recommend your treads are deeper than 2/32” for optimal safety.
  • Pressure – Tire pressure effects traction and maneuverability.  The pressure levels, however, are not fixed and change with the temperature.  Be sure the right amount of pressure (or air) is in your tires to promote optimal tire functions.
  • Winter Tires – Though many motorist do not want to spend extra money on winter tires, they are the best for safety.  Winter tires have deeper treads that are specifically designed to increase traction and control in winter conditions.  They are also made of a different compound material, which is better, as well.

BrakesYour brake pads should be in great condition, far from worn down.  Winter conditions require more than just the bare minimum to provide you with the responsiveness and reliability you need.  Additionally, your braking system should be checked to ensure it is functioning properly and won’t lock up on you.

Wipers/Fluid – There is no time more important than the winter to ensure your wiper blades are great condition and you have plenty of wiper fluid.  The mix of salt, deicers, sand, and mud can easily cover your windshield, as it is kicked up from the vehicles ahead.  If your wiper blades are not doing their job or if you run out of wiper fluid, the result could be catastrophic because you may not be able to see and could get into a serious accident.

Lights – The wintertime is dark and dreary to begin with, but with snow and ice, using your lights is even more important than at any other time of the year.  Be sure all of your lights and signals are functioning properly, so other motorists are aware of your presence and your intentions.

Exhaust – This checklist item is often left out.  Snow and ice can easily clog or block your vehicles exhaust pipe.  This will cause dangerous, toxic fumes and gases to backup into your car, which can be deadly.  Have a professional check your exhaust system and be sure your exhaust pipe is clear of any blockages, before getting in your car.

It isn’t too late in the season to have your car inspected for winter safety.  ER Automotive would be more than happy to inspect your vehicle to ensure your safety.





















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