With our headquarters in Clarksburg and a total of seven locations throughout West Virginia, Wholesale Tire, Inc. is your one source stop for your winter tire needs. Before those first flakes hit the ground, be prepared! Here, we have gathered a list of suggested tasks to winterize your vehicle as a friendly reminder to locals and the new person to this area:
Check your tire pressure– as the temperature drops, your tires will likely lose pressure. While you’re at it, make sure there is air in the spare tire and that all the proper tire-changing equipment is in the vehicle.
Check your tire tread- worn tires on a slick road are extremely dangerous. If you are not sure about the condition of your tires, consult your mechanic.
Get a tune up- check your owner’s manual for the recommended intervals.
Replace windshield washer fluid– use cold-weather fluid that will not freeze at the coldest winter temperature. Visibility can easily be compromised by salt build-up on the windshield.
Flush and replace engine coolant– the mixture ration of water to coolant should equate to 50/50 to avoid overheating or freezing and engine cracks.
Check and replace windshield wiper blades- if you discover weathered or damaged wiper blades, replace them to optimize your safety during hazardous snowfall.
Check your battery- very cold temperatures can reduce a vehicle’s battery power by up to 50 percent. Have your battery serviced and load-tested to check its ability to hold a charge. If the battery is more than four-and-a-half years old, it may be a good idea to replace it.
Keep your gas tank full- running out of gas in freezing conditions would not be good. So, having a full tank of gas not only helps in the case of bad weather, but it also helps prevent moisture from freezing in the gas lines.
Pack a safety kit- an emergency situation on the road can arise at any time, so it helps to be prepared. Here are some suggested items to carry in your trunk:
- flashlight and/or flares
- first-aid kit
- jumper cables
- tool kit
- tire chains
- blanket, warm clothes, hat and gloves
- paper towels
- bag of salt or cat litter for added traction when a tire is stuck.
- snow brush, ice scraper, and snow shovel
- extra windshield washer fluid
- non-perishable food and bottled water
Our team at Wholesale Tire, Inc. wishes you a safe winter season. Please remember we are always here to offer advice and answer your questions and concerns, so give us a call or visit any of our locations.