It's time to get your car ready for snow
Jennifer Auh talks to experts about some tips on 'winterizing' your car. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
With those chilly temps coming our way, it’s a good time to start thinking about prepping your car for the snow. This year, it's getting colder, earlier than usual.
The workers at Les Schwab Tire Center in Boise said they've noticed a spike in business, since the temperatures have dropped.
Their advice for drivers is to properly maintain their vehicles ahead of time. They said it’ll keep you safe, and lessen the chance of you getting into an accident or getting stranded in the snow.
They said snow tires are highly recommended, especially if you drive long distances.
According to James Barlow with Les Schwab Tires, people who plan to drive long distances, such as going to Bogus or skiing resorts should definitely get studded snow tires or chains.
In addition to checking the tires, car experts suggest drivers to:
- Check on wiper blades and fill up on washer fluid to ensure good visibility on the roads
- Inspect their heater, car battery and coolant
- Make sure brakes are in top condition
Barlow also talked about what he calls a ‘penny trick’ that anyone can do to test out their tires. You just insert a small penny upside down in the tread of your tire. If Abraham Lincoln's head on the coin is less than half covered, then it's probably time to change your tires.