Cold weather vehicle safety tips-better to be safe than sorry

Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 11:28 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Many of us think about prepping ourselves to get out in the cold weather, but what about our vehicles? The general manager of a tire and oil shop shared cold weather tips to keep us and our vehicles safe. With weather conditions less than desirable this week, it’s important to perform a few winter safety checks for your vehicle so you don’t end up in a dangerous situation.

Brent Sheldon, General Manager of Riverton Tire and Oil noted one of the important factors to consider “Tires of course, to make sure that they’re adequately inflated, that there’s plenty of tread depth, and that they’re rated for the roads, the winter weather, and traveling here in Fremont County and in this great state.”

It’s important to inflate them to the manufacturer’s recommended weight rating, which is usually located on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s side door. Sheldon noted, “Your air pressure will be lower at the colder temperatures, so to keep from that pesky tire light coming on, we usually go a couple pounds above so it evens out.” He said it’s also important to make sure your antifreeze is rated for the below zero temperatures.

Although most modern vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure sensor that will alert you in the event of a low tire, it’s still good to do a manual check before a long haul. “Especially if you’re headed out on a road trip, swing down to your local shop or at your house, and check,” added Sheldon.

Batteries are another hot topic in the cold weather, and it’s good to have a shop test yours before you end up stranded. “Generally all shops will have load testers and they can load test the battery to make sure it’s rated to its fullest capacity; nothing like a little cold weather to bring out a sub par battery,” emphasized Sheldon.

It’s worth calling around to your local shops, and chances are you’ll find one that will perform these checks for free.

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