Does Your Vehicle Need to Gain or Lose Weight this Winter?


We all realize that in winter, snow happens. And this winter, snow is happening and happening, leaving the roads a bit to maneuver and our used vehicles a hassle to manage. To lighten your mental load and get through the snow and winter, it's important to know that there are times when your vehicle must lose the extra winter weight and times when it might need to gain some weight.


Why and When to Add Weight
If you find yourself getting stuck in the snow too often, and your used vehicle has rear-wheel drive, then it's probably a good idea to add on a few extra pounds to your rear. This will redistribute the weight and give you more traction in the snow and less spinning on the road. Usually a couple pounds of sand or salt in the cargo area or trunk will do. Make sure that the bags of sand or salt can withstand the cold and are firmly situated and secure so they don't go flying during a sudden brake.


Why and When to Lose Weight
Too much weight inside and outside of your vehicle are sure to create problems in winter. For example, unnecessary weight inside your used vehicle can slow down your used vehicle's performance. The engine tends to work harder, and in turn, the vehicle uses more gas. So before you leave for your commute, it's important to remove excess baggage, tools, and other junk from inside your car.


Outside your vehicle, keep it free from snow and ice. For ice, a good scraper is necessary and safest. And a good broom will clear even the biggest mound of fresh snow atop your vehicle. It's the best tool to use to avoid scratching your windshield and vehicle exterior. Alternatively, allowing snow to fly off the roof of your car while you're driving is no safe way to lose the weight. Snow is heavy and with it deterring your vision or flying, your used vehicle will not only drive slower, but might cause a serious traffic or pedestrian accident. Losing snow weight in the winter is sure to leave you with less weight on your shoulders as well.


For more details and a winter check-up, be sure to contact your trusted service center.