Everyone loves winter; it’s a season of festivity and joy. But it’s also a season to be extra careful on the roads. The first step in making sure you stay safe on winter roads is keeping your car in top shape. So what can you do to make sure that your car is prepared for the winter?
1. Check your Oil
As the air gets colder, liquids get thicker; your car’s oil is no exception to this. If you don’t have the proper oil for your car the engine isn’t going to stay lubricated enough. Over time this will lead to increased wear and tear on it. That’s why it’s important to switch to winter grade oil when the weather get’s colder.
2. Switch to Winter Tires
In the winter, road conditions can make it much harder for your tires to gain traction. It’s important to make sure that your tires are designed for use during the winter months.
3. Winter Grade Wiper Fluid
Using wiper fluid that isn’t meant for winter in freezing conditions isn’t ideal. When using a non-winter mixture, wiper fluid can potentially freeze on your windshield, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have your wiper fluid replaced before the cold sets in.
4. Check the Battery
Cold weather can have a very significant effect on your battery’s capacity. So it’s a good idea to get it tested and inspected so you don’t run into any troubles on the road.
5. Pack an Emergency Kit
It’s impossible to predict unforeseen circumstances, so it’s important to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle for worst-case scenarios. A good winter emergency kit should include food, water, blankets, a cell phone, and sand or kitty litter, to give your tires traction should they get stuck in the snow. These are things that should be included in your kit at minimum, but there’s much more that could be added to stay even more prepared.
6. Make Sure Your Engine Coolant has Enough Antifreeze
Your engine coolant should be roughly a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. Not having enough antifreeze in the coolant mixture can lead to your engine overheating.
7. Make sure your Lights are Working Fine
It stays dark for much longer during the winter, so it’s a good idea to double check all of your car’s lights to make sure that they’re all in working order.
Winter may be a season of festivity, but the roads can become very dangerous for the unprepared.
Make sure that you keep your car ready for any harsh weather conditions that Old Man Winter may throw your way.