With winter being right around the corner, making sure your car is prepared should be a top priority. With winter comes snow, ice, and much more which can make driving on the road dangerous. But, there are many things you can do to make sure both you and your car are prepared this coming season to make driving in it a lot safer.
How To Prepare Your Car for Winter
Here are some tips for prepping car for snow:
- Oil change – Make sure that you give your car a fresh oil change prior to winter and have the mechanic check for the other fluid levels in your vehicle.
- Battery – Car batteries and cold winters don’t mix well. That is because the cold weather makes your battery work harder and can put a toll on it. This is why you should have your battery tested prior to winter and have the mechanic eliminate any corrosion near and on the battery as well.
- Check antifreeze levels – When you have your battery inspected and oil changed, don’t forget to have your antifreeze levels checked out as well. If it needs to be replaced, now is a good time to do so.
- Replace wiper blades – You will be using your windshield wipers a lot during the winter, so make sure that they are in good shape. If you know you could use some new ones, replace them and buy an extra pair to keep in your vehicle. You will notice that your wiper blades need to be replaced if you notice smears left behind from the wipers.
- Tire pressure – Don’t forget to check the tire pressure in your car’s tires. The cold air can cause your tire pressure to get lower, and before you know it, you have a flat. It doesn’t hurt to keep a tire gauge in your car so you can periodically check the pressure.
- Snow tires – Besides checking for tire pressure, depending on the type of vehicle you have, snow tires may be a good investment this winter. But, don’t delay in purchasing them. Depending on where you live, the snow may not be plowed immediately, which means you will need to travel through it.
- Keep gas in the car – Don’t just keep gas in your car, but make sure that the tank is kept on full. This is especially true when the temperatures are below freezing. This can help keep your gas lines from freezing in your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, you may need to wait on the side of the road. Having a full tank of gas will ensure you are kept warm.
- Emergency kit – Don’t forget to put an emergency kit together to keep in your vehicle. Your emergency kit should include warning triangles, batteries, flashlights, and blankets. You will be more than prepared in case of an emergency.
These winter car care tips should get you through this winter and ensure that your vehicle is ready to handle the frigid temps and snowy conditions.
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