CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QC Life) - Charlotte is expecting significant winter precipitation this weekend.
For anyone who needs to venture out onto the roads during the tricky weather conditions, Advance Auto Parts will provide recommendations on how to safely navigate the conditions while ensuring your car is ready to roll.
Matt Welborn, the district manager of Advance Auto Parts district manager, joined us on QC@3 to talk about car care as the cold weather sweeps into winter the season.
Welborn says the most important thing to keep in mind during winter weather is to drive safe and take caution.
If you don’t need to go out, it is recommended that you stay home and off the roads.
However, if you have work, an important errand, or any other reason to take your vehicle, you must be safe.
Take your time, drive and accelerate slowly, don’t brake too suddenly, and keep your eyes on the road at all times.
If you will be on the roads, there are a series of things to keep in mind before doing so. All of these things will make sure you and your car are ready, and the roads safe.
Get your battery tested!
Cold temperatures and weather can drain your battery. With winter weather arriving this weekend, Advance Auto Parts recommends getting your battery tested.
Before it arrives, everyone is encouraged to stop by their local Advance for a free battery test. This will make sure your battery is ready for the cold weather.
A lot of cars probably won’t be used during the weather, so it will just be sitting in the cold. By testing your battery before, that ensures your vehicle will be cranked and ready to go Monday morning or whenever you turn it back on.
If you do decide to go out, be sure to carry a pair of jumper cables. Just in case if your battery does die, you can get it jumped and back home safely.
Check your wiper blades!
Wiper blades are prone to tearing during the winter when you’re using them to try to get the ice off your windshield. Don’t do this!
Instead, it is recommended to either grab an ice scraper or use a windshield de-icer spray.
Ice scrapers or de-icer can really come in handy as well when your wiper blade is frozen to your windshield.
Check your exterior lights.
When driving in snow or ice, it is imperative that all exterior lights are working and that you are visible to everyone on the road.
So, everyone is encouraged to check their headlights and taillights to make sure you don’t have any bulbs out.
Proper tire pressures.
Make sure your tire pressures are set to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Proper tire pressure is crucial in order to safely drive on snowy or icy roads. The cold temperatures cause tire pressure to dip. At the same time, if your tires are overinflated, you won’t get the optimal traction on the slick and snowy roads.
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