Winterize Your Car this January!
To ensure the safety of your car and its occupants during the harsh winter and its slippery roads, it’s crucial to winterize. Here’s a guide to what to include when you plan to do so.
Replace wiper blades with more durable ones and stock up on enough wiper fluid so that snow, ice, or other grime can be washed away. Selecting wiper fluids that offer anti-freezing is also helpful in preparing your car for the winter.
Cold temperatures can result in a drop in tire pressure by 1 pound per square inch for every 10 degrees drop in temperature, so check your tire pressure before taking your car out for a drive. Examine the tread depth of your tires to ensure no wear and tear, and you can even opt for winter tires that offer better traction on snow-covered roads.
Stay equipped with an emergency supply kit in your car with jumper cables, blankets, flashlight, phone charger, water, first aid kit, inflator, patch kit, and pressure gauge for tires. Monitor the air filter in the cabin and thermostat to make sure they’re working correctly and replace them if needed. Belts and hoses are crucial to the protection and must be repaired or replaced if they’re malfunctioning.
Get a service professional to test your car’s batteries to ensure they’re functioning well and aren’t corroded. Ensure that your fuel tank is half-full, at least to prevent the freezing of water in your fuel pump.
Opting for winter weight motor oils is also another way to stay prepared since such oils avoid the drawbacks of heavier oils that do not lubricate well and tend to become thicker at reduced temperatures. Make sure your coolant is clean to get the best anti-freeze benefits and, if not, get it replaced. Check and replace worn-out brake pads and maintain appropriate brake fluid levels.
Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning by checking the car’s exhaust system and repairing any leakages. A wax coat can help to protect your vehicle against corrosion and protect it from road salt, snow, sleet, and grime. Once you do winterize, it’s also important to be prepared to drive in winter conditions, so practice winter driving and take control in the chilly months.