“I learned how to drive in the Midwest, famous for some of the most extreme winter weather conditions,” said Danica Patrick, former IndyCar sensation and now NASCAR driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com car.
Northbrook, IL. (PRWEB) November 17, 2011
Winter is right around the corner bringing with it snow, ice and dangerous driving conditions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 30,000 people in the U.S. are killed in car accidents each year and car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34. PEAK Automotive Products and spokeswoman Danica Patrick have put together five winter car care safety tips to make sure the winter driving season is a safe one.
“I learned how to drive in the Midwest, famous for some of the most extreme winter weather conditions,” said Danica Patrick, former IndyCar sensation and now NASCAR driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com car. “Winter will test your car’s mechanical reliability so making sure your car is in top shape will help you prevent everything from avoidable accidents to merely starting your car.”
Five Winter Car Care Safety Tips:
1. Car fluids – Checking your motor oil, antifreeze, and brake fluids is essential. PEAK offers Long Life antifreeze technology that provides 150,000 miles or five years of maximum protection– when installed with a complete flush and fill. Also consider using a synthetic motor oil and transmission fluid to reduce wear on your engine during extreme temperatures.
2. Batteries – Batteries work harder in colder conditions - especially if you park your car outside - and some can lose almost a third of their starting cranking power at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Most repair shops charge little to nothing to check your battery’s condition.
3. Tire condition - Winter driving requires good traction in snow and ice and checking your tread depth is essential in guaranteeing the proper control of your car. Check your tire pressure regularly as tires lose a pound of pressure for every drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Your driver’s side doorjamb or your owner’s manual will tell you your car’s correct PSI (pounds per square inch). Also, keep a bag of sand in your trunk to use if you get stuck in the snow. Spread the sand underneath your wheels to gain traction.
4. Visibility – Washer fluid and wiper blades are two of the most overlooked car components. Make sure that your wiper blades can clear your windshield in less than three swipes without leaving steaks. Use washer fluid like the PEAK Deicer with Rain-Off that de-ices windshields, windows, and wipers for safer winter driving.
5. Roadside emergency kit – Everyone should have a roadside emergency kit that includes a space blanket, flashlight, fresh batteries, a whistle, snack bars, water bottles, extra cell phone charger, a small shovel, flares, a first aid kit and jumper cables. For extra safety PEAK offers portable power systems that will jump start your car.
PEAK Automotive Products are sold at more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S., including Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Sears, True Value Hardware, AutoZone and NAPA.
About Old World Industries:
PEAK Automotive Products are manufactured, marketed and distributed by Old World Industries, which is among the largest privately-held companies competing in the automotive aftermarket. The Northbrook, Illinois-based company enjoys a presence in various consumer product markets, energy exploration, and chemical manufacturing in more than 50 countries worldwide. Old World's other brands include a full line of PEAK® Performance Products;, Wiper Blades, and Auto Care Products; SIERRA®, the safer antifreeze; Fleet Charge® Fully Formulated Coolant; Final Charge® Heavy Duty Global Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant; SmartBLADE™ Premium Wiper Blades; and HERCULINER® Truck Bed Liner Kits. For more information, please visit http://www.peakauto.com.