Are You Ready? Vehicle Safety for Arizona Weather
With all the talk of winter weather and storms across the country, keeping yourself and your passengers safe in changing conditions is something we should always be thinking about.
Luckily, it only takes a little bit of advanced preparation to ensure you're prepared no matter what the Arizona weather dishes out. Even short trips around town could pose trouble, whether you're traveling in the height of winter or in the heat of summer.
Must Haves in Every Vehicle for Travel Safety
The weather in Arizona can range from icy, snowy conditions to extreme, dry heat. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) advises you to take a few minutes to ensure your vehicle is road worthy, no matter the season.
Prepare Your Vehicle
We're not all master mechanics, but if you know some basic vehicle maintenance, you can prepare for the changing weather. If you're not adept at vehicle service, be sure to talk to a qualified professional who can check your vehicle out.
Check Before You Drive
Before you leave, and at various times throughout your travels, check to be sure your vehicle is in good working condition. Double check the battery, the ignition and exhaust systems, thermostat, defroster, the heater and the brakes.
Vehicle Safety Check
For winter driving, if you're in higher elevations or in the northern part of the state, you may need snow tires, chains or studded tires for snow and icy roads. ADOT advises that studded tires are only permitted on Arizona highways from October 1st through May 1st.
In the winter or during the summer, ensure the antifreeze in your radiator can handle freezing temperatures, and that it is at proper levels when the temperature rises.
The Forgotten Wiper Blades
Since we don't get a lot of rain in Arizona, it's easy to overlook windshield wiper blades until we need them.
The hot sun can make them brittle, so be sure to check they're in good working condition BEFORE you need them. Double check the wiper fluid levels while you're at it, too.
Ready to Roll?
Make sure everything works. Check your headlights and taillights and be sure your brake lights and turn signals work well and can be seen.
Finally, change your motor oil to a winter grade if needed, and make sure it's ready for summer in the heat when the warmer temps roll back around.
For more tips on making sure you're prepared to drive in Arizona Weather, check out the ADOT website.