Are You Ready for Winter Driving?

November 18th, 2016 by

No matter how much you want to avoid the icy, snowy road conditions that come along with winter, it’s inevitably going to hit. And for at least a few months, you’ll have to settle into the routine of winter driving. Are you ready for that? More importantly, is your car ready for it?

Winter driving is different than spring, summer, and autumn driving, particularly with the unpredictable road conditions. But also, your vehicle is under different stresses in the sub-zero temperatures, and your safety is at stake. Here’s how you can prepare your Toyota for winter driving.

Get Traction

To get anywhere safely, you need grip on the road. That’s primarily from your tire condition, so you’ll want to make sure your tires are in good shape before the first winter storm hits Kansas.

Make sure you have at least 4/32nds of tread on each tire, although more is even better. And for the best traction in winter driving, equip your Toyota with winter tires.

Drive Straight

If your Toyota pulls to the left or right, it can make winter driving more difficult. Get a wheel alignment performed before winter to eliminate the stresses of squirrely handling.

And often, improper wheel alignment is due to worn or loose steering and suspension components. If your Toyota has been diagnosed with an issue such as these, have it taken care of before winter hits.

Service Your Toyota

Keep your Toyota well maintained so it’s ready for winter driving. Have the oil changed for easier starts. Make sure the coolant strength can withstand the coldest temperatures you expect to see in Kansas this winter. Have all the fluids inspected and changed if they aren’t up to snuff.

Test the Battery

A weak battery can leave you stranded, usually at the worst possible time. Get your battery tested and fully charged. If your battery is weak or fails the test, get it replaced before winter hits.

For these and other Toyota services, trust the experts at Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County. Here, you’ll find service professionals who will make your winter driving as stress-free as possible with Toyota repairs and service.

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