Cold Weather Tips for Smart Driving and Vehicle Maintenance
-- Avoid rush hours, but stay on well-traveled roads. Don't try taking back roads or "short cuts" to avoid traffic. Fewer cars on back roads may mean those routes are the last to be plowed or maintained and are not likely to be heavily patrolled by emergency services. -- Pre-plan your route using resources like NAVTEQ Traffic.com to get the most up-to-date information traffic and road conditions. Log on to www.traffic.com before leaving home. Or, call 1-866-MY-TRAFC (1-866-698-7232), our toll-free hotline, to get traffic information. -- Travel with a companion whenever possible. There is safety in numbers, and a vigilant travel companion can help navigate slick roads, wintery weather and traffic challenges. -- Avoid getting lost on less traveled roads with a navigation system map update. Map updates are available at www.navteq.com/store. A map update delivers the up-to-date road network information navigation systems need to continue performing at their best. With current maps, navigation users can cut down on driving time, reduce fuel consumption, and help navigation systems and portable devices maintain optimum performance.
Vehicle maintenance is even more important in the winter, when frigid temperatures could turn a breakdown into a threatening situation. Care for parts of the car that are particularly susceptible to malfunction in cold weather, including:
-- Cooling systems -- Be sure to have the right antifreeze mixture to keep the car's cooling system running smoothly. -- Belts and hoses -- Check to make sure belts and hoses are in good working order because cold temperatures can make these more prone to cracking and breaking. -- Tires -- Regularly check tire pressure as the cold can make the air in tires contract and cause a dangerous under-inflation. -- Battery -- Wintery temperatures can make a battery lose its charge, so be sure the battery is in good condition and fully charged. -- Wipers and washer fluid -- Be sure wipers work well and washer fluid flows freely so to easily remove snow, sand, salt and dirt spray from the windshield. -- Oil -- Consult a mechanic or the vehicle's manual to find out if the engine might benefit from thinner viscosity oil in cold weather.
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