With the holiday travel season upon us, we wanted to share these NHTSA winter safety tips to keep you and your family safe all winter and especially during your holiday road trips.
Get your car serviced – Start the season off right with a visit to your mechanic for a tune-up and other routine maintenance. Have your entire vehicle checked thoroughly for leaks, badly worn hoses, or other needed parts, repairs and replacements.
Inspect your tires – Regardless of weather conditions, inspect your tires at least once a month and before long road trips. If you plan to use snow tires, have them installed before a snow storm hits. Remember that as the temperature outside drops, so does tire inflation pressure. Make sure each tire is filled to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure.
Know your car – Every vehicle handles differently; this is particularly true when driving on wet, icy or snowy roads. Take time now to learn how your vehicle handles under winter weather driving conditions.
Check your VIN – No matter the season use our VIN Look-up Tool at http://www.safercar.gov/ to make sure your vehicle is recall free.
Visit the the entire library of the NHTSA’s newly redesigned interactive Winter Driving Tips here.