The cold winter months are coming soon which means the days get shorter and night comes faster. With winter also come snow, storms and rain which are all hazardous to driving. It is imperative to ensure that your car is in excellent condition before the temperature drops lower. Preparing properly and keeping your car in good shape can prevent accidents and save you from being stranded in the cold weather.
- Believe it or not, there is a difference between standard wiper blades and snow wiper blades. If you live in a cold weather state it is a good idea to purchase snow wiper blades.
- As the weather turns cold your oil can tend to thicken. When this happens, it tends to lubricate your vehicle improperly. Turn to the owner’s manual of your vehicle to find out what oils is right for you car in cold temperatures. Your local mechanic will also be a great resource.
- When the temperature changes drastically it can affect your tire pressure. Because tire traction is such a key factor in icy, wet driving conditions, it is important to make sure the pressure is ideal for the tires.
- Another option is changing from regular tires to snow tires. If you decide to do this, change all four. Don’t just change the front two or you are asking for a host of traction problems.
- The last thing you want to be is stranded with a dead battery. Get your battery checked by a certified tech to see if it can hold a charge, especially if you have an older car. Check your battery for corrosion as well, as this could be a sign of a battery about to go dead.
- The cold in some places can do a number on the wear and tear of your belts and hoses because of extreme temperature ranges. Get mechanic check the condition of your hoses and belts at every oil change.
- Did you know that the coolant in your car does more than one job? It cools down your engine and protects it from corrosion too. It is good to use a coolant that has ethylene glycol in it during winter months. The ratio should be 50% coolant and 50% water.
Whenever starting your car, make sure that there is nothing obstructing the tailpipe. Never warm up your car in a closed garage. If your car gets stuck out on the road run the heater every 10 minutes but never fall asleep with the car running.