Three Essential Winter Car Accessories To Purchase This Month

winter car accessories

We hate to have to admit it, but winter weather will be upon us before you know it. In fact, it’s already here. Isn’t that joyous?

Fortunately, we here at Pantili Mitsubishi have put together a short list of tools that you should have to help you fight winter weather and make it to your destination safe and sound.

But first, there are some basics that you need to know. Before winter fully takes hold, you’ll want to check the following aspects of your vehicle:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Fluid levels
  • Windshield wipers
  • Headlights/taillights
  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Battery

Old batteries can leave you stranded, old brakes make it hard to stop on snowy roads, and dim or broken headlights make it difficult for other drivers to spot you in bad driving conditions. To be fully prepared, replace your tires and wipers with winterized accessories.

Once that’s out of the way, you’ll want to consider these handy winter car accessories to keep you going:

  • Grip traction plate – being stuck in the snow and unable to get movement beneath your wheels is among the most deflating feelings there is. These products ensure that your tire has something to grip, making it far easier to move out of a snowbank or off the shoulder if you’re stranded.
  • Portable power pack – the Cobra Electronics CPP 7500 JumPack Portable Power Pack not only charges your electronic devices, but it packs enough power that it is capable of jump-starting your battery. When you’re stranded on a backroad with no other car in sight for miles around, this is an essential piece of equipment.
  • Car cover – if you want to skip the scraping and scratching all-together, why not get a car cover to protect your ride when the snow falls. Removing a car cover and shaking it off sounds far easier than scraping ice off your windshield, dontcha think?

Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tips

That time is upon us, where the streets are covered in snow and ice and nobody wants to leave their houses. Driving in winter conditions can be both dangerous and stressful for both drivers as well as the passengers.

Here are some winter driving tips:

  • Make sure that you get the proper amount of sleep so that you can be fully alert when driving
  • Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area
  • Make sure that your tires are properly inflated
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid freezing
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on a slippery surface
  • If you are going on a long drive, make sure that you car is stocked with all of the essentials (blankets, gloves, hats, food, water, medication, and a cell phone)

Although the weather might not be the best, at Pantili Mitsubishi, we want you to make the best out of the situation by being prepared and being smart about your driving.

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

 

tire pressureHaving your tires properly inflated not only makes them safer to drive on but it also can get you better gas mileage as well as can make the ride more comfortable. It is easy to check your tire pressure and all you need is one tool, a gauge, which you can purchase for under $20. This is especially important to do in the winter time when you could potentially be driving in rough conditions.

Here are the steps you should take:

  1. Purchase a tire gauge
  2. Make sure that your tires are cold (haven’t been driven on in the past 3 hours)
  3. Insert the pressure gauge into the valve stem on your tire
  4. Compare the PSI to what is listed in the drivers manual
  5. If the number does not match, release or add air accordingly

At Pantili Mitsubishi, we want to make sure that you are driving safe this winter and all year round!