Tips for Car Winterization

Tips for Car Winterization from Lone Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Sanantonio.

Road and weather conditions are drastically different during winter as compared to warmer climates, which is why your automobile should be prepared accordingly so it can handle those situations properly and ensure a smooth and safe ride.

Here are some tips to winterize your car:

Winter Wipers

These come equipped with rubber that keeps ice from collecting on the blades. Just be sure to remove them when spring rolls around.

Winter Tires

If you live in a place that experiences extreme cold winter temperatures, it is recommended that you install winter tires when winterizing your car. When the temperature consistently hovers around or below freezing, the rubber compounds in non-winter tires harden, decreasing the tire’s ability to grip the road. Winter tires use special compounds engineered to resist hardening in cold temperatures, providing better traction.

Tire Pressure

Take a look at the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle model and refill any of your tires so that they reach the recommended pressure. This will help you deal with icy road conditions more reliably.

Battery

Extreme temperatures can affect batteries, so you should make sure that your battery is clean, and that the connections are secure and not corroded. If it is an older battery, consider getting it tested and possibly replaced before the weather gets bad.

Gas Tank 

Keeping gas in the tank (it should be half full at all times) is more important in winter than in summer. For one thing, a full tank can help prevent gas line freeze ups. Not only that, but if you are ever stranded, your engine may be the only thing to keep you warm until help arrives.

Rear-window Defroster 

Being unable to see behind you could create unsafe driving conditions. That is why several states have laws stating that all your windows must be clear of condensation and debris. When winterizing your car, check your rear-window defroster before cold weather arrives to be sure it is working properly.

Winter Safety kit

In the event of an emergency, you need to have supplies on hand. Pack a winter safety kit, with these items – ice scraper, bag of sand and a shovel, cell phone (an extra phone in case the one you have runs out of charge), flares, first aid kit, extra anti-freeze, car tool kit, flashlight and batteries, jumper cables, warm clothing like extra jacket, hat, socks, boots, non-perishable food and beverage items, and pack of matches.

Apart from these, the utmost precaution for safe winter driving is servicing your vehicle during this time.

Are you or anyone in your family looking for a new, or used car head on over to Lone Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Sanantonio.  Not only do they have a great selection of vehicles they will make sure they help you in every way they can

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