The winter season is here, and many of us are preparing by buying warmer clothes and coats, making sure our homes are draft-free and getting ready to shovel snow. Don’t forget about your car during this time! Many people use their vehicles daily, regardless of the weather. You want to do everything you can to make sure your car is safe to drive.
Check Your Engine’s Antifreeze
When the weather is extremely cold and you feel like you’re freezing, antifreeze is what keeps your engine from freezing. If you don’t have enough antifreeze, your engine may freeze. You don’t want to be left stranded during the cold winter months!
To check your antifreeze levels, follow the instructions listed in the manual that came with your car. If you need to add more antifreeze, the process is easy and quick to perform.
Check Your Tires
Although good tires are always important, they are especially so in areas prone to receiving snow and ice. Before the winter season begins, you should check your tires to ensure that they’re in top shape and ready to handle difficult conditions.
The first thing you should do is to check your tire pressure. The gauge you need is available at any auto supply store. Refer to your manual to find the necessary pressure level, and fill up your tires at a gas station if you need to add any air.
You also should check to see if your tires have enough tread to get through the winter weather. If the tires are worn, you’ll be at risk of slipping on the roads.
Replace Your Windshield Wiper Fluid
Did you know that not all windshield wiper fluids are the same? The fluid you normally use can be dangerous when used during the winter, as it freezes once it hits your windshield. Instead, use winter fluid, which is specially designed to help fight the winter weather. It won’t freeze on your windshield and obstruct your vision. The special winter fluid will actually help loosen and remove snow and ice.
Create a Winter Supply Box
If something goes wrong while you’re driving out in the cold weather, it’s best to be prepared. Prepare a container of things you may need, such as a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a bag of sand, and an ice-scraper. You should also pack blankets or an extra set of warm clothes.