How to Prepare Your Car for WinterWinter months are just around the corner and you need to have your vehicle prepared for them, which is why we will address some of the things you need to do in the following article. It is very important to have taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of you and those around you.
First, let’s take a look at your vehicle’s cooling system. Due to the low temperatures during the winter months, you should have the system flushed and refilled with the appropriate mixture of antifreeze and water, usually, the recommendation is a mixture of 50/50. However, that may vary due to the antifreeze you are using, and what the lowest temperatures in your state are. Throughout the winter periodically check the condition, level, and the concentration of the coolant - you do not want the water in it freezing.
It is a smart idea to have the battery tested because it’s capacity can decrease in colder weather. If you have a garage, use it during the night, this way the car will not be exposed to the freezing weather outside hence the battery will be protected.
Your vehicle’s tires are of the utmost importance as well, you need to make sure that their tread has not been depleted to the point of not being able to handle the snowy or icy roads. In fact, it is best to equip your car with winter tires. The other important thing to keep an eye out for is the air pressure of the tires. Due to the cold weather in winter, the tire pressure may drop, so check it at least once every month.
Making sure that you can see through your windshields is vital. If you haven’t replaced your windshield wiper blades recently they probably aren’t as effective as new ones. Usually, they work as they should for about a year, which means that it is a good idea to change them every winter. Also, make sure that there is enough windshield washer fluid.
All and all, make sure to take the precautionary measures needed to secure your vehicle appropriately for the winter. Have it done at a trusted auto repair center for the sake of your vehicle and yourself.