Photos: Ten ways to make your car winter-ready -- and avoid killing yourself or someone else
After publishing "Ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads," we heard from readers about stuff we left out -- like making sure your car is ready for winter, as opposed to heading to the interstate on tread-free tires and hoping for the best. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has those angles covered, too, with tips that go beyond tires to wipers, antifreeze and batteries -- all key given our current brutally cold temperatures. Count down our photo-illustrated list of the NHTSA's most important info below.
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Number 10: Check the age of your tires....
...including your spare tire. Look for the tire identification number on the sidewall of the tire, which begins with the letters "DOT." The last four digits represent the week and year the tire was manufactured.
Check the owner's manual for specific recommendations for when to replace a tire. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced every six years regardless of use.
Number 9: Check tire pressure....
... and make sure each tire is filled to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended inflation pressure, which is listed in your owner's manual and on a placard located on the driver's side door frame (called the "B-pillar"). If a vehicle does not have a B-pillar, then the placard is placed on the rear edge of the driver's door. Tire pressure drops as the temperature drops. Properly inflated tires ensure optimum tire performance and load carrying capacity.
Continue to keep counting down the ten ways to make your car winter-ready -- and avoid killing yourself or someone else.