When the temperature drops, it can significantly impact the way your vehicle functions. In addition to this impact, weather conditions can be far more dangerous when the weather is less than ideal. Understanding how to prepare your car for winter can help to keep you safer, as well as keep your car functioning throughout the cold winter months.
- Care for your Tires
It is important that your tires be properly inflated to optimize the traction they have on the road. Unfortunately, your tires lose pressure as the temperatures drop, which can cause many problems while driving. Check your tire pressure to make sure that your tires are properly inflated before driving in cold weather. You may also want to consider obtaining snow tires to further improve your car’s ability to drive on snowy roads.
- Ensure that you can See
If you can’t see, you will be unable to drive safely. Insufficient windshield wipers or not enough windshield wiper fluid can prevent you from seeing clearly while driving. Repairing these issues can go a long way toward enhancing your safety while you drive. You will also need to make sure that your defrost is in good condition.
- Use Cold-Resistant Fluids
When temperatures drop below freezing, the fluids within your vehicle may freeze. It is important to use cold-resistant fluids to prevent this from happening. Ensure the appropriate oil is used in your vehicle, as well as anti-freeze in your radiator.
- Check the Battery
Cold drains the life from your battery. Thoroughly check the battery to make sure it is in good conditions and that all connections are free of corrosion.
- Prepare an Emergency Kit
Even with the best preparation, problems can still occur when driving in the winter. Make sure that you keep an emergency kit in your vehicle in the event that you become stranded. Include flares, stuff to keep you warm, water, and more.
When you prepare your car for winter, it is much easier to prevent issues from occurring throughout the colder months. To learn more about how to keep your car in good condition throughout the winter, contact us at Layton Carcare today!