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7 Vehicle Safety Tips to Prepare for Winter Driving

BY Thomas S.

When the weather outside is frightful, it doesn’t matter if you’re heading to the slopes for a weekend getaway, through the mountains for a dose of holiday cheer, or the suburbs to visit family. The best and most assured way to roast chestnuts on an open fire this winter season is by making it home in one piece.

Do that by following these seven vehicle safety tips.


Regularly check your brakes

Everything takes longer on snow- and sleet-covered roads, so making sure your brakes are up to the challenge is one of the wisest things you can do. The brakes are inevitably going to wear down over time, so regularly checking them for signs of decay is highly recommended. In fact, depending on your driving habits, you can go 20,000-25,000 miles before replacing them. When it’s time for your pads to be replaced, we offer an extensive selection of brakes, rotors and pads to ensure you can stop on a dime when necessary. And, if your entire brake system needs to be upgraded, we offer complete kits from industry stalwarts like EBC to give you the confidence you need.


Inspect your lights & bulbs

Headlights are always essential when driving, but in the darkness of winter they become even more important. No matter if you’re looking for headlights, fog lights or taillights, we have a wide variety of lights to improve your visibility – even in rainy or snowy conditions. Plus, with headlights and fog lights from Spyder and other trusted names, you can rest assured that by upgrading your lights with us, you’re getting the best parts at the best price.


Install running boards

Getting into your truck, SUV or lifted vehicle can become a lot more difficult in wet wintertime. Fortunately, it’s easy to combat such slippery conditions with our complete collection of running boards, side steps and nerf bars. Designed for optimum slip-resistance, running boards and side steps from Westin, ProZ and Go Rhino are a surefire way to make life a little easier.


Create and keep an emergency kit on hand

Everyone knows that you should always keep jumper cables in your car but in the winter, it’s especially vital to have an emergency kit on hand. After all, it never hurts to be prepared – and our kits offer everything, from flashlights and USB chargers to blankets and portable power sources. It’s our pleasure to make this process easy – all our products are available at the click of a mouse. Do that, and all your bases will be covered.


Frequently check and change your oil based on your owner’s manual

Your engine can’t run at its best unless you regularly change your oil and oil filter. If you’re unsure on how often you need to perform this maintenance, turn to your owner’s manual for answers – it’s the true authority for your specific vehicle, no matter what you read online. We even offer a line of motor oil options that prevent engine shutdown and keep your engine firing on all cylinders.


Upgrade your windshield wipers

It sounds like common sense, but you can’t drive if you can’t see. In intemperate conditions, visibility is even more of an issue. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for drivers to forget about maintaining or replacing their wiper blades until it’s too late. Don’t find yourself in that situation by turning to our broad range of wiper blades and washer parts at the first sign of an obstructed windshield. With a plethora of blades that includes everything from heated wipers from Everblades to winter extreme wiper blades from ANCO, you can count on us to keep the road ahead clear from every angle.


Keep snow chains on hand

The sleek and icy conditions common to the winter months can make even a conventionally safe road exceedingly dangerous to navigate. But, there’s a simple way to combat this issue and restore the traction needed for safe handling – tire chains. With a wide collection of chains in stock now from some of the most dependable names in the industry like Pewag and Thule, we have everything you need to enjoy your time on those icy mountain roads.

Now that you know how to get your ride ready for the icy conditions you’re in store for this winter, it’s time for you to hit the road and experience your own winter wonderland.