It’s that time of year again when winter is just around the corner. And with it comes all the cold weather and snow. But if you are prepared for what lies ahead, you can prepare your car as well. Here are ten tips to help make sure your car will be ready for winter!
1. Check Tire Pressure
The first thing you want to do is check the tire pressure in your car. Keep in mind that tire pressure will change based on the temperature of the air, which is why it’s a good idea to check it at least once per month.
To get an accurate reading, air should be let out of one tire at a time until each of them has about the same amount of air pressure. You can also check your owner’s manual for what proper tire pressure is supposed to be.
2. Change Oil and Filter
Winter is known for its salt and sand, which will cause damage to your car if it isn’t protected. Although there are oil additives available, the only way to make sure your car’s oil is protected, year-round, is to change it every 3000 miles for regular oil. Change it every 5000 miles if you have synthetic oil. You should also have an oil filter that matches your vehicle’s specifications.
3. Clean Battery Terminals
As time passes, battery terminals can collect some dirt and corrosion around them, which can cause issues with your car. The safest way to clean them is by using baking soda and water, or another corrosion cleaning product that you can find at any major retailer.
4. Check Antifreeze
The antifreeze will help prevent your engine from freezing when the temperature drops. Depending on how much you use your car, it may need to be added. If you can’t tell how much you use your car, or if there is still an ample amount of the product in the radiator, just have a service technician check it for you at your next scheduled maintenance.
5. Check Hoses and Belts
Another important aspect of winterizing your car is to check the hoses and belts for wear, as well as replacing them if needed. This can be done during any regular maintenance appointment as well.
6. Replace Wiper Blades
When you’re driving in harsh winter conditions, it’s important that you have good visibility through your windshield. The best way to do this is to replace your wiper blades before winter starts so that they will be in the best condition for you when you need them.
If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to keep your windshield free from frost during wintertime, try adding some vinegar or rubbing alcohol. The solution will prevent ice formation on the glass while also melting any that may form in extremely cold temperatures! You can make the same mixture with 2 parts water plus 1 part each type of liquor: beer (for those who like their drinks), wine/sugar-FREE spiced rum if desired – just be sure it doesn’t include any additives such as menthol which could leave behind unwanted reflection when driving at night time lights up ahead!
If you see some ice buildup after applying the solution, don’t wait until it’s too late – scrape your windshield before traveling again! This is particularly important to remember when driving with any type of tint on your car windows. Sugar-free spiced rum works REALLY well for this purpose as the alcohol evaporates quickly and leaves NO residue.
Another option would be using something called “trans fluid.” It’s available anywhere motor oils are sold.
7. Check Tire Tread Depth
Snow and ice are not the only things that cause driving problems in the winter. Sand and salt can also affect your tires’ tread depth, which could cause serious problems. If you are having issues seeing your tires’ tread depth, there are special tools that can be purchased at any major retailer, which might make this job easier for you.
8. Do Most Cars Need Snow Tires?
Yes, in most cases, year-round tires will not be enough to ensure your safety. Even if you live in a relatively mild climate, it’s still wise to keep a set of winter tires on hand for when the temperature drops below fifty degrees Fahrenheit.
Snow tires are designed to be used in snowy conditions. By using them, you can better control your car and minimize the likelihood of skidding. With their large treads, snow tires also do a decent job of fighting against deep snow on roads; thus making it easier for other motorists to pass by. Still, snow tires aren’t always worth the expense if you don’t regularly drive in snowy conditions or travel outside areas heavily populated with snowdrifts during winter months.
You should think about whether the risk is worth the cost before buying expensive snow tires for your vehicle before establishing how often it will be needed to use them – that is if you can stand just slipping at parking lots instead.
9. When in Doubt, Take it to a Shop.
If you are unsure of how to perform any of these tasks, it’s best to have a trusted mechanic look at your car before you head out in harsh winter conditions. Better to ask for help than to risk needing to tow a car if repairs go wrong. The great thing about using a shop is that they tell you what is wrong with the car usually without obligation to buy. That gives you a chance to identify what you can fix and might be worth handing over to a professional.
10. Ask a Neighbor
This summer, I went to my neighbor’s house and helped him replace his tire. It was a very easy and inexpensive fix and he was very thankful. I learned how to tighten the bolts on the lugnut and the importance of replacing your wiper blades before winter results in snow or ice on your windshield. I feel more prepared for driving my car in the winter. I also have someone to call for advice or help and it feels good returning the favor. Our shared desire of maintaining our automobiles for the winter gives a sense of community in the cold months.
Winter is here and it’s important to take the necessary precautions before driving in these conditions. The tips we have provided should give you a good start, but if you need any additional advice or help with your car contact an auto mechanic or a neighbor right away. Whether it be winter tires, engine issues, or something as simple as needing new wiper blades for your windshield, there are many ways professionals can provide assistance this season without breaking the bank.