Spring is technically here — but as you know, there is still plenty of time for one more snowstorm. Thanks, Mother Nature!
You’ve likely seen countless news reports of cars being stranded on snow-covered roadways. Yikes! Now, imagine it’s your EV out there. Double yikes.
Before you head out on your next journey, consider this: Is your EV prepared for a snowstorm? In this blog post, the electricians at PowerTech provide tips on how to prepare your EV for a snowstorm, so you can make sure you are safe when you face off against bad weather.
5 Tips For Getting Your EV Ready For Winter Weather
We all know winter weather can lead to dangerous roadways, but sometimes we must head out despite the colder temperatures and snow. There are some preparations you can do to improve safety and to make sure your car is prepared for winter weather. Here are 5 things that you should do to make your electrical vehicle is winter-ready for road trips and simply zipping around town.
- Be sure to check your tire tread. You should make sure all your tires are checked for tread wear. You should also make sure you have your tires rotated regularly. To check the tire tread, take a penny with Lincoln’s head facing toward you. Stick that penny in the tread, making sure Lincoln’s head is not visible. If Lincoln’s entire head is visible, you need to replace your tires. You should also check air pressure in your vehicle’s tires. Having air pressure that is too low in your tires can be dangerous during winter travel. In areas prone to winter weather, or if you live in mountainous regions, switching to snow tires can be helpful for traveling on snow-covered or icy roads.
- Be sure your vehicle battery is properly inspected. In cold weather, the battery capacity lowers. You want to make sure your car is prepared for winter weather. You should have a knowledgeable expert inspect your vehicle battery and its cables.
- Make sure your car’s heater is up to par. If you were to get stuck in your vehicle because of traffic issues for an extended time, you want to make sure you have working heat. You should also make sure you have a blanket in your vehicle to ensure you stay warm enough.
- Make sure your car is properly maintained. Since your EV does not use motor oil like traditional vehicles, you need to make sure the motor bearings are properly lubricated with grease and that the coolant is properly filled.
- Be sure to warm your car up in the morning, and if possible, park your car in a garage. This can help with battery performance, making sure your battery holds its charge for longer and charges more quickly. By heating your car up before you head out, you can heat your car up to the desired temperature while warming up your battery.
If you need more tips for making sure your EV is ready for winter, or if you need a charging station, call the experts at PowerTech. Our team of EV experts can help you make the most of your energy-efficient vehicle during the winter weather.
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