The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that winter 2019 will be “colder-than-normal…from the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians” with teeth-chattering cold expected mid-February. There is also plenty of snow on the way. Are you and your truck ready for the rough weather that is expected this winter? Here’s how you can get started right now!
Last winter there were plenty of times cars and trucks ended up being stranded in traffic jams on highways across the United States. And there is always a possibility for one reason or another that you could have a breakdown during a winter storm. If any of these things were to happen to you this winter, you will want to be prepared because your life could be at risk.
You can start stocking up now with supplies that can hold you over until help reaches you or until traffic starts moving again. In addition to your mandatory roadside emergency equipment, you should also carry:
When cold weather hits, there are several maintenance issues to take care of:
The condition of your tires will play an important part in your truck’s performance this winter. Cold weather causes tires to lose pressure. You should always include checking tire pressure on all tires in your pre-trip inspection. Be alert for any tires that continually drop 20 percent below their recommended pressure setting. If this that happens, have the tire inspected because you could be at a risk for a blowout.
Invest is a set of tire chains to keep in your truck and know how and when to use them. Some states require their use. Make sure to take them off when they are not needed because you could damage your tires.
The prediction of severe winter weather means you need to be prepared. Don’t get caught off guard or wait until the last minute to prepare, get started now!