Icy Roads, Snow Storms and Low Temperatures are all hazards you need to prepare for when heading to the mountains
Prepare Your Car For The Snow:
- Tires, Lights, Wipers: Check to make sure everything is in good working order
- Battery: Make sure the terminals are clean and the clamps are tight. If your battery is more than 3 years old, you should consider replacing it. Carry jumper cables just in case and be prepared to help someone else.
- Coolant: Ensure your coolant is of the correct mix of anti-freeze and water to cope with the low temperatures you are likely to find in the mountains. While you are at it, make sure your window washer fluid also has anti-freeze in it so it won't freeze up when you need it the most.
- Fuel: Before you get to high altitude, be sure to stop and fill up your tank in case you have to stop for an extended period of time and need to keep your engine running to stay warm.
- Tires and Snow Chains: Read your owner's manual for recommendations for driving in the snow. Chains can not be fitted to every wheel/tire combination so check the manual to make sure you can fit chains on your vehicle. Practice fitting chains so you're familiar with how to do it BEFORE you get to the mountains.
- Prepare for Emergencies: Carry a first aid kit, tow rope,and water.
Driving in alpine conditions demands extra care. Lower your speed, allow more distance to brake, don't accelerate too hard and spin the wheels, and ease your way around bends with minimal throttle.