Just like how you would layer up in extra clothing and prep your home to shield it from the harsh weather, your car needs to be protected to make it last through the cold. While winter may be a few months away, it’s never too early to know the right steps to take and how to make sure your car is shielded for the weather as you are. Making the effort to get your vehicle ready for winter could even save your life!
Being Fully Prepared For Cold Weather Driving
Whenever the seasons change, it’s always a great preventative measure to check what your car requires to be ready for dangerous driving conditions, such as cold, wet winnter weather. Doing this check long before you see a single snowflake means that you’ll be able to catch the small issues that would have eventually grown worse when the temperature drops. Here are a few quick tips that would help you get your vehicle running great all through the cold:
- Visit your mechanic and ask him to inspect the following: thermostat, battery, brakes, antifreeze level, defroster, and heater.
- Conduct a visual inspection of your car’s lights. Look into whether the front lights and the rear are fully operational, taking extra caution to inspect the flashing hazard lights.
- Check your tires to see if they have adequate tread. Replace them if you find that they’re already worn.
- If you live in a state that experiences a particularly heavy snowfall, buying winter wiper blades can make a big difference in cutting through ice and snow compared to regular ones that can be used for the rest of the year.
- Windshield wiper fluid has a high chance of freezing in the cold weather. Don’t wait until winter arrives before exchanging it with a fluid that was made especially to be used in low temperatures.
- Inspect the spray nozzles of your car’s windshield washer. These nozzles can be blocked by debris or wax, so use a needle to clear it out.