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10 Keys to Driving in Asheville During Winter Part 1

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From temperatures dipping below zero, to snow and ice, to summer-like thunderstorms, the winter of 2017-18 has been interesting thus far. We are nearing the meteorological halfway point in the season, though cold temperatures can invade our area throughout March and April.

Whether you are an Asheville resident and regular western North Carolina commuter, or visiting the mountains for vacation, there are several things you can do to make sure you and your care are prepared for winters in the mountains. In this article, we are discussing the first five of ten keys to driving in Asheville during winter:

 

1) Stay Weather-Aware

The most important way to prepare for winter weather in Asheville is to remain weather-aware at all times. To be weather-aware means, you know the local forecast for the areas in which you are driving, and you are alert to changing conditions. In Buncombe County, elevation ranges from about 1,700 feet above sea level, to over 6,000 feet. Rain could be falling in downtown Asheville and Fletcher, while it is snowing in Barnardsville and Weaverville.

Some tips for maintain weather awareness include:

  • Listen for weather updates on your FM radio
  • Download weather apps, with alerts on your smart phone
  • Download a weather radar on your smart phone
  • Follow local meteorologists on social media such as Jason Boyer Brad Panovich, and Chris Justus
  • Pay attention to multiple forecasting sources:
    • National Weather Service
    • Rays Weather (ashevilleweather.com)
    • Local television meteorologists
  • Know when to expect varying conditions

2) Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles

Extreme weather and temperatures contribute to wear and tear on your car’s engine. Regardless of specific weather conditions, having your oil changed is vital to the health and longevity of your vehicle.

3) Keep Gas in Your Tank

Running out of gas in the winter is inconvenient, but it can be dangerous, especially in the rural and remote parts of our area. During winter, maintain a quarter to a half of a tank of fuel at all time. Furthermore, consider Retro Lube's fuel injection cleaning service to help keep your vehicle operating optimally by maintaining an unobstructed passage way through the fuel injectors.

4) Rotate Your Tires

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that make contact with the road’s surface; therefore, they are your first line of defense in snow and ice conditions. To make sure your tires are performing optimally, and wearing evenly, make sure you have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.

5) Pack Your Winter Weather Emergency Kit

Though ideally you will never use it, it is important to maintain a winter weather emergency kit in your vehicle throughout the season. Your winter preparedness kit should include:

  • Gloves, blankets, coats and hats
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods
  • Backup cell phone batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Kitty litter and snow shovel
  • Snow chains (especially for higher elevation driving)
  • Inflated spare tire and tire changing tools
  • First aid kit

There is a lot you can do to make sure you and your family are safe while driving in the Asheville area during winter. Road safety begins with proper vehicle maintenance and regular oil changes. Visit Retro Lube for oil changes, fuel filter injection services, tire rotations, and other vehicle maintenance needs in the Asheville area.

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