“Old man winter” is on the way, if you haven’t determined how important it is to winterize your vehicle you are heading down the path of potential service issues in the coming months. Winterizing doesn’t have to be cumbersome with a few simple steps you can take over a couple of weeks you can be ready for winter and avoid the evitable strain of dealing with it later when its -15 degrees outside with a wind chill of – 30.
Here are 5 tips to easily save you headaches later.
If it snows where you live and you drive your car you need snow tires for your own protection and the protection of those around you. Emergency stopping during inclement weather is a given. The additional traction provide by winter tires or even a good set of all season tires will make a world of difference.
If you can’t see what is in front of you during a snow storm or heavy rain it can jeopardize your wellbeing. Typically wipers have a one year life span. They vary in quality and price. It would be wise to get a new pair at the start of winter and again early spring as the abuse of the winter months can take its toll. If twice a year is excessive to you at a minimum winter is a good time to get a new set. Make a plan to empty out your wiper fluid to a winter reliable one and switch out your wipers at the same time.
The peace of mind of having your breaks in good working condition is invaluable. I’m guessing most of us have been there at least once in our life when all of sudden that squeaking sound starts, ouch you think “it’s my brakes”. What about the rough bothersome cringe of metal on metal worn our brake pads drowning out your blaring radio. Lest we forget the cross your fingers you stop as your press the brake pedal through the floor of your car in hopes they work! Check your breaks make an appointment and get them looked at. If you can’t stop it’s a problem.
Anti freeze typically has a 50/50 split. If you are not someone who particularly knows or wants to check this make an appointment to get it looked out. The ratio is important during the winter months. Topped up fluids ensures that you have less to worry about and it’s likely your vehicle will be in good condition through the harsh winter months
Having a good battery is very important during cold winter months. It can be a matter of life and death in some situations. With that said having a pair of jumper cables in you trunk is a wise thing to do. There are a multiple reason why a battery can die, to avoid any issues consider servicing your battery and your car as whole if you can prior to winter.
Stayed tuned for more tips more importantly stay safe and happy driving