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Winter Braking Tips

Winters in the midwest can bring a lot of snow. If the brakes on your car are not in the best possible condition, it can make stopping on snow packed or icy roads very dangerous. Before this winter season gets in full swing, stop by Express Auto Repair & Emissions and have a brake inspection to make sure that your brake pads and rotors are in proper working condition. We can even service you ABS systems. Contact our office today at (847) 895-9131 to schedule your next brake service appointment.

Braking Solutions for Bad Weather

Even if your brakes are in excellent condition, it is still important to use safe braking techniques in icy conditions. One recommended technique is known as threshold braking. This method of braking involves you pushing down on the brake pedal until you feel as though the wheels are going to lock up. Once you feel the wheels lock up, stop pushing but don’t take your foot off the pedal. The important thing to remember when threshold braking is to ease into the pedal. Do not try to push the pedal all the way to the floor. This braking method can take time, so be sure to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of your and use speeds appropriate for the conditions.

Car Driving in Winter with Good Brakes

Good Brakes are Essential to Safe Driving in Winter Weather.

Always Start With Good Brakes

You can have the best braking technique around, but if your brakes are in poor condition, you could still have an accident. Let the mechanics at Express Auto Repair & Emissions install new brake pads on your car this winter so you can feel more confident when you do employ threshold braking at the next intersection. Give us a call today at (847) 895-9131.

Winter Tips

Winter Car Maintenance

Winter Driving TipsFirst off, the electrical components of your vehicle should be thoroughly checked. During cold weather, it is generally more difficult to start your vehicle, so make sure your battery is fully charged. The ignition should be checked for worn spark plugs, damaged or faulty wires, and cracked distributor caps. It is also important to have your headlights cleaned and checked to see if they are working properly since visibility tends to decrease in times of inclement weather such as snow.

Since brakes are critical regardless of driving conditions, it’s best to have your brakes inspected. Never put off any needed maintenance as this could jeopardize your safety. Also check your tires. Make sure they are inflated properly and check for wear. If the tread on your tires is worn, it is crucial that you have them replaced. Its best to buy sets of four, but if you only plan on purchasing two tires, move the older tires to the front and mount the new tires in the rear.

To minimize your exposure to carbon monoxide, have your exhaust system checked for leaks—carbon monoxide poisoning is nothing to take lightly. Carbon Monoxide is hard to detect because it is odorless and death can result from too much exposure. If you find yourself trapped in the snow while your engine is running, clear any snow away from the exhaust pipe and crack open your windows.

Also, remember that there are many fluids in your engine. To prevent them from freezing, make sure the levels of antifreeze are adequate. Keep the mixture fresh by having it regularly changed. Don’t forget to have your heating and cooling system checked for leaks as well.

Winter essentials

In case of an emergency, it is always advisable to keep the following items in your car:

  • Small snow shovel
  • Ice Scraper
  • Gloves
  • Blanket
  • Snow brush
  • Flashlight
  • Traction Mats
  • Bag of material that can provide traction such as sand, salt, or kitty litter
  • Warning flares or triangles
  • Booster Cables
  • Paper Towels
  • Window Washing Solvent

For more information regarding safe driving tips and proper vehicle maintenance, visit this helpful guide at AAA.