Taking a Road Trip this Winter

A winter road trip can be fun and exciting, but it presents some challenges that you wouldn’t encounter during the summer. Your Ford needs to be prepared to drive through inclement weather, and you should have an emergency kit on board. Remember to maintain your vehicle when you get back, but first read on for more insight.

Winterizing Your Vehicle

Some places don’t experience too much of change throughout the year, but other environments see dramatic weather patterns in the weather. If you’re getting ready for a road trip during the winter, think about the conditions you might have to deal with. Make sure your Ford car or truck is prepared to tackle snow, sleet, rain, and ice. Adjust the inflation of your tires to accommodate for the drop in temperature and maintain your grip on the road. Check your HVAC systems so you can deal with heating problems before you set out, and replace your windshield wipers if necessary.

Planning for Emergencies

Breaking down in the summer is inconvenient, but it’s not as dangerous as breaking down during the winter. An emergency kit keeps you safe when you find yourself in this situation. It might include batteries, chargers, or even backup cell phones. Non-perishable snacks can be good to keep around as well, especially if you’re traveling with kids.

Return Maintenance

When you get back from your road trip, the first thing you should do is inspect your vehicle. It might have been a while since you’ve seen a mechanic when you return from a long trip, so see if there are any issues you need to address. Check your tire inflation again, and make sure your windshield wipers are still in working shape. Take another look at your oil and antifreeze as well in case it’s time to change them.

You need a quality Ford in Boston if you’re planning on taking a road trip, so contact Jack Madden Ford or look at your options on our website. Call us at (888) 836-1758 for more on our services.

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