Most drivers only think about their vehicle’s battery when it goes dead.
“Fortunately, batteries rarely fail without warning and paying heed to their death throes can help you avoid frustration,” said Jim McIlvaine of OPTIMA Batteries, known around the industry as OPTIMA Jim.
Waxing isn’t just for muscle cars on display at auto shows. Laying down a protective layer over clean paint helps your vehicle weather the snow, rain and salty roads of winter.
“Winter always has the harshest elements on the paint itself,” said Mike Pennington, a product expert for Meguiar’s, a company specializing in car care products. “A thorough washing and waxing before winter is crucial for the preservation of your vehicle’s exterior. It’s not just a job for summer.”
School zones present special challenges for drivers of all ages, especially during the first few weeks of September.
“We want parents to make safety a top priority for their teens as they head back to school this fall,” said Ashley Sharaky, spokesperson for California’s Office of Traffic Safety. “Of course, these reminders apply not only to back-to-school season, but throughout the school year.”
People who live in harsh climates know the importance of a well-stocked emergency kit--a bit of pertinent advice for all drivers planning excursions during winter months.
“Vehicles have more advanced safety features than ever before, but that doesn’t mean winter driving is any less dangerous,” said Tim DeSpain, a public information officer for Alaska’s Department of Public Safety. “Vehicles have anti-lock brakes, airbags throughout, navigation systems and traction control, but all that doesn’t matter if you’re stranded in the cold.”
Ever scraped snow and ice off a windshield only to see a new layer coat the glass minutes later? A set of heated wiper blades keeps the frost from reforming and improves visibility.
“If you’ve driven in snowy weather you’ve probably seen some guy with his arm out the window trying to shake ice off his wiper blade while he’s driving,” said John Giummara, marketing director for Thermalblade, a Pennsylvania-based company that produces a patented heated wiper blade. “You don’t want to ever have to do that.”