LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – It happened sooner this year than most forecasters expected, but township residents have already been plunged into the “45-degree zone.”
The zone is a geographic area of the northern U.S. (including Pennsylvania) where winter temperatures annually drop below 45 degrees. It’s also where, as a general rule, drivers must do more to prepare their cars for winter.
Here’s how to be sure your car is ready when the snow flies:
- Set your tire pressure for optimum safety. On winter tires, one tire manufacturer suggests pressures set 2.9 psi higher than those recommended for summer or all-season tires.
- Pack your trunk with a set of jumper cables, a snow brush, ice scraper and de-icing spray.
- Top off your car’s wiper fluid reservoir.
- Check your radiator, shock absorbers, brakes and battery to make sure they’re in top form.