Especially in the Midwest and northern part of the country, winter presents a whole host of potentially stressful obstacles for drivers to deal with. Leave the worries behind this year and tackle winter roads like a pro with these easy winter car preparation tips from Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC.
Pack an emergency kit
If an accident or breakdown ever leaves you stranded when the weather is ugly, it’s important to be prepared with a winter emergency kit in your car. Create a kit with blankets, warm clothes, water, food, and an extra cell phone battery charger and tuck it away in your vehicle. You’ll be glad you did in the event of an emergency.
Replace your windshield wipers
The last thing you want in a winter storm is even worse visibility. Before it gets too cold out, give your windshield wipers a brief once-over. If they’re cracked, dry, damaged, or leave streaks on your windshield, it’s time to install a new set. This small investment now will help keep you safe when winter weather arrives.
Keep an eye on your tires
Proper inflation is absolutely crucial when it comes to optimal tire performance. This is especially true in the winter, when conditions are often cold, wet, and icy. Make a habit of checking your tire pressure periodically throughout the winter. Additionally, consider getting a dedicated set of winter tires for superior performance during the coldest months of the year.
With a little bit of planning and preparation, there’s no need to stress out over winter driving. If your vehicle needs any maintenance before the cold months hit, stop by Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC today.
You’ve been navigating your vehicle through snow-laden roads all winter wishing spring would hurry up and get here. Imagine swapping your weather-beaten car for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Let’s just say that according to automotive journalist, Jeffrey Jablansky, the sports car lives up to all those awards it’s received in both the good weather and the bad.
Like much of the U.S. this winter, the snow came fast and at the perfectly wrong time for Jablansky, who was scheduled to test drive the Stingray. He was in the middle of his trip (which may or may not have involved taking his little brother back to college), when the snow began to fall.
Wisely, Jablansky slowed his speed; but in the Stingray, he was still able to truck along at 55 mph through the accumulating snow. He touted the sports car’s ability to confidently handle the slushy roads and the ice, which he later encountered and mastered with the help of the vehicle’s winter tires.
“We were going no faster than 55 mph, but most everyone else was doing 30… That’s the best part about a car so powerful. In one case, where I executed a 1-2-7 shift, the ample low-end torque made highway merging a seamless event.”
When Jablansky and his brother arrived on campus to unpack the Corvette’s surprisingly spacious trunk, the only signs of the hazardous trip were remnants of snow splashed on the Stingray’s yellow body.
There’s nothing like the Chevy Corvette Stingray to turn a mid-trip snowstorm into a winter playground. We at Gjovik Auto love to hear successful road trip stories like this one. Where would you drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray on a snowy day?