Tire and Brake Clinic would like to remind our neighbors about the perils of cold weather driving. Here in the hills of eastern Connecticut, wet pavement tends to be quite slippery in the colder months. The safety of your precious cargo is riding on your tires. Remember that Tire and Brake Clinic has all the best tire brands available for your car, truck , motorcycle or SUV. We are the best new and used tire dealer in the area. To prepare for harsh winter driving conditions in the greater Willimantic CT area, bring your vehicle to Tire and Brake Clinic. In freezing and below freezing weather, snow and ice reduce tire traction, making your vehicle less maneuverable, and you risk losing control. To decrease your risk of a crash driving on snowy pavement, prepare yourself, prepare your vehicle, and take nothing for granted. The time you take for equipping your care with cold weather essentials will pay off when you find yourself on the road in a snowstorm. Your brakes, tires, radiator fluid levels, windshield wipers and deicing washer fluid level need to be checked and replaced. Have your front and rear defrosters checked. If you do not have good tires, buy a new set of snow tires. Your battery, belts and charging system should all be in good shape.
Use common sense When the snow is flying and your roads have not been plowed and sanded, consider not driving at all! If you are caught in a blizzard, find a safe place to pull off the road and wait until conditions improve. Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Slow down, put more space between your car and the car in front of you. Expect the unexpected – watch what is well ahead of you. Have your cell phone charged, your auto club membership cards at hand, or have your garage or Tire and Brake Clinic on speed dial. Clean the snow off your car completely before leaving your driveway. Keep enough gas in your car to accommodate longer commute times due to slow driving speeds and long periods idling at a dead stop.
Stock your vehicle You will need more than a charged cell phone! An ice scraper, a snow shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight, deicing windshield washing solution and a bag of salt or sand should already be in the trunk. It is a good idea to have a lighter, flares, and some reflective triangles set aside. Prepare a winter driving survival kit in the event that you slide off the road into a snow drift and have to wait for help during a storm or in below freezing temperatures. Keep a blanket, extra gloves, hats, another coat, an emergency blanket in a dry bag stashed in your trunk with some water, energy bars, perhaps a first aid kit. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For any auto repair and tire service, bring your vehicle in to Tire and Brake Clinic located on Route 66 in Columbia Connecticut. We are open 6 days a week for your convenience. Call us today at 860-228-0212.
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