The key to driving in extreme weather conditions is making sure that your car is up to winter standards. This will also help to ensure that you are driving as efficiently as possible, not wasting unnecessary resources. Stay safe and green this season by following these guidelines.

The key to driving in extreme weather conditions is making sure that your car is up to winter standards. This will also help to ensure that you are driving as efficiently as possible, not wasting unnecessary resources.  Stay safe and green this season by following these guidelines.

Check the battery in your car and make sure everything is working properly. Look for signs of corrosion and have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge if it is more than three years old.

Check the treads in your tires to avoid sliding in icy road conditions

Keep operational fluids at full levels, like your oil and antifreeze, which keep your car’s motor running and prevents freezing

Prepare a kit with water, jumper cables, and scrapers to help in the event of an emergency

Properly inflate your tires, including the spare! You can expect that you will lose 1lb per square inch when the temperature drops by 10 degrees Fahrenheit.  Also every pound below the optimal tire pressure reduces your fuel efficiency by 3%.

Keep your engine lubricated by getting an oil change. This maintains the oil’s viscosity, since oil tends to thicken, as the air gets colder. Oil that is too thick will not properly lubricate the engine.

Replace your wiper blades to make sure you can see, especially when fat snowflakes are showering your windshield.

Check the status of your four-wheel drive and be sure it is working correctly. This means making sure the systems engage and disengage easily.

Take your time when driving in unfavorable conditions.  Aggressive driving in any type of weather can lower your fuel efficiency by as much as 33%.  And in bad weather it can mean the difference between making it to your destination and not.