That can depend more specifically on what part of East Tennessee you reside in during the Winter time and what kind of car you have – as you might have 45 degree weather and clear skies where you live and 28 degrees with several inches of snow just a few miles away higher up in the mountains. Weather can also change pretty quickly and unexpectedly.
For that reason, we’ll provide a more general guide as it appears on constellation.com to help build a guideline of what you think may be best for what your living area and lifestyle during winter.
“* Check your tire tread. Be sure to inspect your tires for tread wear and rotate them during every oil change. To check your tire’s tread, use the “Penny Test”. You do this by taking a penny and placing it in the tread groove of your tire. Place the penny with Lincoln’s head facing you, and stick the penny in the tread so that the top of Lincoln’s head is no longer visible. If his entire head is visible while in the groove, it’s time to replace your tires.
* Fill up your tires. Low air pressure in your tires can be potentially dangerous on winter roads. Take your car to a mechanic to check your tire pressure and fill your tires if necessary. If you have prior knowledge on checking tire pressure, you can easily do it yourself at a free tire air pump found at your local gas station or car shop.
* Consider snow tires. Switching to snow tires, especially in northern country or mountain areas that get heavy snow on rough terrain, can help driving on snowy and slippery roads.
* Tip: snow tires make your MPG (miles per gallon) lower, so only put on snow tires during harsh winter months
* Change your oil and antifreeze. Regular maintenance to your vehicle can only but help to prevent any car troubles during months involving winter driving.
* Fix your heater. Short drives aren’t too burdensome when you don’t have heat in your car, but consider what would happen if you were stuck in your car for an extended period of time– all the while not having heat. Having a working heater can help prevent daily discomfort, but it can also be a great preventative measure.
* Inspect your battery. You vehicle’s battery capacity lessens in cold weather, so have a professional inspect your battery’s fluid and cables.”
Read the full constellation.com article and find more winter preparation information at https://www.constellation.com/guides/winter-storm-preparedness/preparing-your-car-for-winter.html.