How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving
December is here. Are you ready to drive in extreme low temperatures and hazardous weather conditions? You may be wondering how to prepare your car for winter driving that you’ll surely have to do in the months ahead. Here are some quick tips on how to winterize your car in preparation for the months ahead:
Be sure to check the following:
- Antifreeze: You may also hear this referred to as just “coolant.” When kept at the proper levels, coolant protects against corrosion or freezing.
- Battery: Cold weather takes a toll on battery capacity, so make sure your vehicle’s battery is in good working condition.
- Brakes: Crucial to the safety of any driver, brakes should have routine maintenance performed on them year-round, but on slick roads and in low visibility they are especially important.
- Emergency Kit: Have a number of supplies on you in case of emergency, such as a flashlight, blanket, ice scraper, and salt.
- HVAC System: The Heating-Ventilating-Air Conditioning system is necessary in the winter, not just to keep everyone inside the vehicle warm, but also because the defroster is needed for maximum visibility.
- Oil: There are winter-grade oils on the market specifically for this time of year that help prevent damages caused by the low temperatures.
- Tires: Consider replacing your tires with winter tires, but at the very least ensure that your tires are properly inflated and not considerably worn.
- Windshield Wipers and Fluid: Wipers are needed for better visibility. You can also find specially-formulated antifreeze fluid to prevent freezing in the winter.
Winter can be a frightening time of year for drivers. Icy roads make stopping and starting harder and slower, while winter storms can reduce visibility drastically. Winter weather conditions in general can greatly affect the quality of your vehicle, such as reducing battery capacity or deflating the air pressure of your tires faster. Make sure to keep an eye and an ear on your car in the winter and take it in for a checkup if you notice anything off with it.