5 Ways to Make Sure Winter Doesn’t Get the Best of Your Vehicle
Cold weather is coming, people. There’s nothing we can do to stop it.
For the sake of your beloved vehicle, you’re going to have to face it with a smile – or frown – but face it, nonetheless. Here’s what you need to do to make sure your car’s up to the challenge, as well.
1. Check the battery.
Winter weather takes a toll on your vehicle’s battery. Chemical reactions are required for the battery to do its job and in the cold, the reactions don’t take place as quickly.
Did you know that a battery only has half its power in 5-degree Fahrenheit weather? Creating the perfect storm, your car’s engine requires even more power from the battery than normal to start.
That’s why your vehicle may not start on a frigid winter morning. Before winter hits, have your trusted auto technician run a test on your battery to make sure it’s functioning at full power.
2. Wiper blades and wiper fluid
If you’re thinking wiper fluid and new blades are more of a summer-time thing, you couldn’t be more wrong. Snow and salt and all other manner of grime build up on your windshield, impeding your visibility and that’s not safe for anyone. New blades and a full reservoir of fluid will ensure you’ll make it through the toughest stuff winter can throw at you.
3. Think about winter tires.
Did you know that winter tires (AKA snow tires) can make a huge difference in your winter-driving safety?
It’s true. You’ll get much better traction on snow, ice, and even in the rain. This is because they’re made from a softer rubber that helps stay flexible even when the temperatures dip.
Keep in mind that winter tires won’t remove all possibility that you’ll slide around some this winter, but they will be much better than your all-season tires. Be sure and go to a tire-care expert like the ones at Conrad’s to get the best information and quality service when you’re ready to purchase your winter tires.
4. How’s your antifreeze?
The ideal ratio of water to antifreeze in your radiator should be 50/50.
That’s a good mix that will keep your coolant from freezing. You can pick up a tester kit in your local auto parts store or have your mechanic take a look when he’s servicing your car.
5. Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle.
Despite your best efforts, you could become stranded in your car during the coldest months of the year.
You’ll want to have:
- A flashlight.
- Jumper cables.
- A fully-charged cell phone.
- Roadside flares or reflectors.
- Warm blankets.
- A first-aid kit.
- An ice scraper.
- Drinking water.
- A shovel that folds up.
The best way to get your car ready for winter is to keep up with routine maintenance all year-round.