Cold Weather Tips for Cars in the St. Louis, MO Area
Here are some friendly tips and reminders from us here at Bommarito Honda to help you and your car during these cold weather periods.
Always keep you gas tank at least half full to avoid fuel-line from freezing up. This will also help in case you are stuck in a long delay for traffic while an accident is being cleared.
Check and inspect your tires for wear.
Check your tire pressure. For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, you lose one pound of tire pressure. You do not want to be on the side of the road changing a tire in this weather. If you have Honda Roadside assistance, make sure you have the number programmed into your phone as well as your Hands Free Calling Contact list.
Honda Roadside Assistance number is 1-800-594-7400.
You want to make sure your car battery has ample starting power. When the temperature is at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, your battery loses about 35 percent of its power and your engine needs 2.5 times more power to start than on a warm summer day.
Make sure you have enough coolant in your vehicle and that it's ready for the temperatures you might encounter.
Fill your windshield reservoir. In the winter time it gets used quite often so make sure it stays full.
Have your windshield wipers checked and replace them if necessary.
Make sure your floor mats are secured and placed correctly so they do not interfere with the operation of the accelerator or brake pedal.
Remember to clear all snow and ice from the entire car before moving your car. Also a helpful tip is to clear your head lights, brake lights and back up camera.
You will want to carry the following items in your vehicle:
· Ice scraper
· Snow shovel
· Jumper Cables
· Warning devices such as flares or emergency markers
· Granola bars