Now is the best time to make sure that your car is prepared for the upcoming winter. Whether we get several feet of fluffy snow or days and days of slush, your car will need to be equipped to handle the winter weather. Driving carefully is a great practice, but it unfortunately won’t help when your car breaks down. So, get your car ready now, while the weather is still nice and temperate!
Get the Equipment
You want to make sure that you don’t end up in a compromising situation in the dead of winter. Stock up now on important tools that you can use to avoid a crisis. You can start by making sure that your car is equipped with a snow scraper for scraping off your windshield when it gets icy. Also keep a shovel and kitty litter or sand in your trunk for when your car gets stuck in the snow. You can shovel away extra snow then lay down the kitty litter or sand to give your tires traction. Finally, make sure you have an emergency kit in your car. This should include flares, jumper cables, a flashlight with batteries, and extra gloves and a blanket. You can even keep some energy bars in your glove box just in case.
Make Sure Everything is Functioning Correctly
Now is the time to get a check up to make sure everything in your car is working correctly. Winter is hard on cars, and if you have a small problem now, the cold weather can turn it into a big headache. Check that your heater and defroster are working correctly now, that way you won’t end up not having them when you need them. You should also check your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires have better traction on the road than tires that are not properly inflated, which is especially important in the jeopardizing conditions of winter roads. For even better traction, consider switching to snow tires. Finally, check that your belts and hoses are in good condition, because cold weather wears on them especially hard.
Perform Seasonal Maintenance
If your car needs an oil change, make sure that you use the right kind of oil! Different cars need different viscosities of oil. During the winter, the cold makes the oil thicker, and if your oil is already thick it may have trouble moving throughout the engine. You can also make sure that you have new windshield wiper blades. If you replaced them last winter, it’s time to replace them again, since they are usually only effective for about a year. Also make sure that you are stocked up on windshield wiper fluid. The salt and grime from the roads tends to coat windshields, so it’s likely that you’ll go through a lot of wiper fluid. Lastly, make sure that you have reliable car insurance! Hopefully, you and your car will be prepared enough to decrease your risk of having an accident, but that still doesn’t mean that accidents can’t happen. Having car insurance is especially important during this dangerous driving season.
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