Prepare Your Car For Winter
Edited by Debbie, Charmed, Reema, Maria and 5 others
Winter will be upon us soon. Is your car prepared for the harsh weather ahead? We know there will be potholes that could ruin our tires, and the salt on the roads might rust our car. Freezing temperatures will make it hard on the engine.
The following are a few steps we can follow to make sure we are prepared for winter:
Things You Will Need
- 1Get Good Winter Tires.It's important to have the proper traction to grip the road because of ice and snow. Just like the brakes, you will be depending on your tires during the winter.Advertisement
- 2Check Your Battery.The age of your car's battery can be crucial especially in the winter season. If it is over 5 years old, it is best to have it checked so you can determine if there is a need to replace it. It is best to do battery maintenance ahead of time rather than to be stuck on a road full of thick snow.Advertisement
- 3Good Windshield Wipers.These are important for good visibility in the winter. It is important to make sure your wiper fluid reservoir is filled.
- 4Check Your Tire Pressure.This is important to maintain better traction. The slick road can result in accidents if your tire pressure is not checked. Make sure to check your tires to see that they are still in good condition and properly inflated. The cold air of the winter may result in tire compression and loss of tire pressure.
- 5Check All Your Fluids.Which include, oil, coolant, antifreeze, power steering fluid, etc. During the winter season, make sure that you have enough temperature on your car's coolant. Low temperature can result to the water in the radiator getting frozen thus keeping it from flowing freely and cooling the engine. Of course, you do not want your car to stall or overheat in the middle of a snowy road.
- 6Gas Up Your Tank.This is another important check that you must do in the winter. Never leave your gas tank without sufficient fuel. Insurance Specialist Jeff Walker recommends keeping your tank above half full during the winter. Walker says that gasoline below this level can result to condensation forming, which can result to poor engine performance.
- 7Check those brakes.During the winter season, your brakes will work harder than in any time of the year. Thus, you need to make sure that they are in good condition once the cold temperature of the winter sets in. Have it thoroughly checked by a mechanic to ensure its preparedness for the icy temperature.
During the winter, make sure that you have the following tools in your emergency kit:
- 1LED Flashlight.Although you can often rely on your car lighting system, LED flashlights can consume less energy, which makes them an excellent addition to your emergency kit.Advertisement
- 2Blanket.This is needed if you frequently travel. Emergency blankets are small, light, and cheap.
- 3Ice Scraper or Shovel.An ice scraper or shovel can be used to dig if your car gets stuck in the snow, and to remove ice on your windshield.
- 4Kitty Litter.If you get stuck in the winter weather, the kitty litter will help you in case you need to pee.Advertisement
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.