It’s cold. It’s icy. It’s wet. Winter weather can really make not only your life miserable but also the roads treacherous to travel. With the slush, snow, and ice covering the streets, it’s important to maintain your car throughout the winter. Here are five quick and easy tips to remember to not only have a safe winter season, but to have your car come out of the cold months in the best shape possible.
Check The Tires:
More specifically, two aspects of the tires: Pressure and tread. As the temperature goes down so does the pressure in your tires. It’s important to maintain your tire pressure to get optimum gas mileage and prevent excess tire wear. It’s just as important to check the tread depth of your tires to prevent excess wear. Using a quarter for the tread test works the best. Place the quarter in the tread of the tire you should NOT be able to see the top of Washington’s head. The higher the tread on the tire the better traction you will get when driving through the snow and ice.
Keep It Clean:
With all the salt and slush on the roads, your car is in danger of rusting. To prevent the corrosion and rust, routinely wash your car.
Check That Battery:
Take notice to the battery clamps for corrosion and make sure the clamps are tight. If there is a white powdery substance around the clamps you will want to clean them with baking soda and water. If your battery is older you may want to consider buying a new one, as it’s recommended to replace your battery every 3 to 5 years.
Have an Emergency Kit Prepared:
A just-in-case box to have all the essential items for, well, just-in-case. Things that should be included in your emergency kit:
• First-Aid Kit
• Windshield Scraper with Brush
• Jumper Cables
• Extra Batteries
• Salt (in case vehicle is stuck in ice)
• Pocket knife
Note The Fluids:
Any type of liquid in your vehicle should be checked, but most importantly the big four: Antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, oil and gasoline. If the levels are low for any of these, there’s a risk of the liquid freezing. Make sure all of the liquids are adequate so there is no danger of being without any one of them in the cold.
Follow these suggestions and you and your car should have a safe and happy winter season!
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