Winter weather is on its way in Charlotte, but there is time to prepare your Nissan for freezing temperatures and dangerous driving conditions. Nissan vehicles were designed to withstand the harshest road conditions, but there are still steps you can take to get the most out of your vehicle this winter. But our service team in Burlington is ready to help you prepare when you schedule your next visit.

It's Time to Inspect Your Tires

Winter road conditions deteriorate quickly in High Point. To ensure maximum traction, inspect your tires often. You can use a penny to test your tire treads. Place the penny in one of your tire's tread grooves. Honest Abe's head should not be visible. If you can see Abraham Lincoln's face, it's time to replace your tires.

Even drivers with brand new tires need to check their tire pressure often in the winter. Cold air causes your tires to deflate, and under-inflated tires are a leading cause of accidents and tire blowouts.

Our Carolina Nissan service technicians can test your tires, check your tire pressure, and recommend snow tires or all-weather tires for your vehicle.

Don't Neglect Your Battery

It gets cold in Chapel Hill, and freezing temperatures drain vehicle batteries. Test your battery regularly, clean the battery terminals, and be sure to protect the terminals with a battery terminal spray.

Are you uncomfortable with the idea of servicing your battery? Our service technicians are always available to test, service, and replace your battery.

Preparing for Below Freezing Temperatures

Meteorologists are predicting a colder than average winter in Greensboro. When temperatures fall below freezing, your vehicle suffers. Lubricate your weatherstripping, latches, hinges, window tracks, and door locks before cold weather strikes. Lift your windshield wipers before a storm, so they don't freeze to your windshield.

Speaking of windshield wipers, we recommend that drivers replace their wipers often. Your wiper blades are constantly exposed to the elements, and they play an integral role in visibility. Winter wiper blades are designed to withstand snow and ice buildup. Our service center carries a variety of windshield wipers for Nissan vehicles.

Driving in Inclement Weather

The safest place to be during a winter storm is at home, but bad weather can happen with little warning in Burlington, so drivers need to be prepared. Leave early to allow for extra time to reach your destination. If visibility is poor, use your four ways so other drivers can see you.

Always turn on your headlights, even during the day. Leave extra space between you and the car in front of you and drive slowly. If it's foggy, only use your low beams. High beams reflect off of fog, making it difficult to see. If you are ever in doubt of the road conditions or your driving ability, it's best to wait it out.

Every Driver Needs a Survival Kit

A survival kit can improve your chances of making it out of a dangerous situation safely. Some items we recommend adding to your survival kit include:

  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Warm blanket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Foldable shovel
  • Ice melt or cat litter for traction
  • Tool kit
  • Fix-a-Flat
  • Pen and paper
  • Phone charger
  • Air compressor
  • Aluminum can and a candle to make an emergency heater
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Road flares

Roadside assistance is often delayed during inclement weather. You must stay warm and dry until help arrives. Use road flares or safety triangles to alert other drivers that your vehicle is disabled.

Carolina Nissan is Here to Help

Carolina Nissan's service center in Burlington, NC is open for tire changes, battery testing, and everything in between. Our technicians are available to inspect your vehicle and make recommendations to keep you safe this winter. Stop by or make an appointment today.

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