Road salt, pressure changes, and snow can all take a toll on your car. Below is a collection of tips to keep your car in tip-top shape this winter!
Switch your tires: Whether or not you live in a snowy area, winter tires are designed for use in weather that falls below 45 degrees. They have extra traction when turning or stopping on cold pavement, not just snow-covered pavement!
Check tire pressure: When the temperature drops, the pressure in your tires also drops. When the temperature starts dropping precipitously, you should make a habit of checking your tires. Many gas stations offer free or coin-operated air. The recommended amount of pressure for each tire can be found near the driver’s side door.
Keep your tank half full: Keeping your tank at least half full at all times means that if you need to wait for someone to tow your car, you can keep yourself warm with the heat without worrying about running out of gas completely.
Check essential car parts work: “Essential” car parts for the winter include all defrosters, washer fluid reservoir, brakes, belts, hoses, spark plugs, wires, and cables. Any of these parts could cause your check engine light to come on or lower your safety. Schedule your car for service to check everything before winter hits.
Pack a winter safety kit: In the event that you get stranded and need to wait for help for dig yourself out, make sure you have a safety kit packed. It should include items like a pack of matches, a first aid kit, a flashlight, an ice scraper, extra clothes to keep warm, non-perishable food, a shovel, jumper cables, your cell phone, and anything else you might need in case of an emergency.
As the saying goes, “an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.” By preparing your car before the terrible weather hits, you can keep your car running well into spring without any major damage being done. Keep an eye on your car and pay special attention to any issues you may have and you will come through winter without any lasting damage or extra stress put on your car!