Plummeting temperatures and poor weather could most likely translate to vehicle breakdown throughout the winter months. It is a must to prepare your vehicle for winter.
Here Are Some Handy Tips On How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter
1. Routine Maintenance
Get your car up to speed on its regular maintenance. Check on car fluids that you may have neglected all summer. Check, change or top off your oil, coolant, brake and transmission fluid, as required. In case of oil or automatic transmission, be sure to purchase only a high-quality filter. Trust us; it’s worth it in the long run.
2. Check Brakes
Inspect your rotors and see if they’re either warped or cracked. You must also review your rotors for any deep grooves or to check if the pads have worn close to their minimum clearance. Since your vehicle will be subject to the harsh conditions of winter, it is essential for you to ensure that any potential problems are nipped right in the bud. Ensure all your lights are working well to ensure clearer visibility. New bulbs are not only cheap but are also easy to install yourself. Or you could also get them replaced while getting your car serviced. The same goes for windshield wipers, in case they’re older than six months. And don’t forget to fill the washer fluid reserve with anti-freeze.
3. Inspect Tires
Have your tires rotated and inspected because the last thing you need in cold, wet weather is to be driving on bald or dry-rotted tires. Replace any tires that seem too worn. Depending on your location, we’d recommend purchasing snow (or winter) tires, made with special low-temperature-resilient rubber compounds and deep treads that could grip unplowed snow and ice. Regular all-season tires are composed of compounds that get more brittle as the temperature drops, so they tend to grip less as compared to winter tires. They not only remain pliable when the temperatures are low but also tend to retain grip and keep the car’s safety systems, like all-wheel drive and anti-lock brakes functioning smoothly. Another important thing to note is making sure your spare tire has enough air in it. Once everything is in order, you’ll notice better gas mileage and handling from your vehicle.
4. Stock Your Car
You know how dangerous it is to be stranded by the side of the road in regular conditions. Now imagine the weather is at its worst and you’re stuck in sub-zero temperatures. To survive, you must stock your car with the following life-saving equipment, including:
- Jumper cables
- First-aid kit
- Small knife
- A couple energy bars
- Water gloves
- Small shovel
- Waterproof matches
- Ice scraper
- A bag of sand or kitty litter to help provide traction if your car is stuck in the snow
5. Maintain the Coolant
This is very important. You must take the time to get your car’s coolant system checked out. Extreme temperatures and harsh conditions can easily knock it out if it’s not as much as required. If any part of the system shows any kind of damage, you must swap the parts for newer ones. This means having your car’s radiator pressure tested and the hoses scrutinized for cracks and bulges.
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