The severity of harsh winter weather can make your everyday roadside problems into much more serious and much more dangerous issues. Using these maintenance tips will help you to stay safe this winter.
1. Be Battery Aware
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – cold weather is hard on your car’s battery. Particularly if you’re driving an older model. This is important to stay on top of, so you don’t get stuck out in the cold. Auto Tech Service offers a battery check – come in today if you’re unsure about your battery’s condition.
2. Replace Wiper Blades
Winter is hard on your wipers as well. You might need to do this a lot more often than you think. And getting stuck in a snow storm or blizzards becomes much more dangerous to you and your passengers if your wipers are dulled and not able to efficiently whisk away the snow and sleet.
3. Invest In Some Winter Tires
This may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, but snow or not if you live in an area that gets below 45 degrees regularly it is recommended. And it may not be quite as costly as you think. For one it’s a great investment which may help you avoid an expensive wreck, and two you can simply re install your original tires once winter passes.
4. Check Your Tire Pressure Weekly
Another advantage of having winter tires here! You don’t need to check them as frequently because they were designed for the cold and hold their pressure better. But regular tires need to be inspected for any change…and it can’t hurt to check your tread while you’re down there!
5. Always Keep Your Fuel Tank Half Full
This is important because getting stuck on the side of the road is much more likely in snowy conditions. If you’re car runs out of gas while you’re waiting for help you won’t be able to keep the heat going – and in some cases, especially with the young or elderly, this can be dangerous to a person’s health. Keeping a filled gas can in the trunk is another great option to make sure you’re never on empty when it matters most!
6. Add Protective Layer To Your Car’s Paint
A coat or two of polymer wax acts as a barrier between your car’s paint and harsh elements which may jeopardize its integrity, such as snow, salt, sleet or maybe a 100-pound Christmas tree? Even with a good wax it’s still a good idea to high pressure wash your car a few days after a big storm.
7. Check Your Oil
The freezing temperatures are harsh on your engine too. When motor oil gets cold it thickens, making it harder for your engine to turn over. That’s why it’s generally a good idea to use winter grade oil. Every car is different so referring to your owner’s manual is a good idea. It will give you the recommended formula for low temps.
8. Stock Your Car With The Top 10 Winter Road Ready Essentials
Having the right apparatus is a key part of being prepared! Not sure what that entails? Check out our last blog Are You Winter Ready? for a full list of the 10 most important items to keep close while you travel this snow season.
Use these pro tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and warm while you’re on the road this winter!
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