Winter is just around the corner, which means salted streets, heavy snow and frosty roads aren’t too far behind.To get you prepared for the icy journey ahead, we’d like to offer up some tips for keeping your car in tip-top shape for when the snow starts coming down. Fasten your seat belts and flip on the seat warmers as we walk you through the best ways to weather whatever storms may come this winter.
Brush Up On Your Battery
Winter weather is infamous for doing a number on car batteries. At 5 degrees Fahrenheit, a working battery can hold only half its projected capacity, and you can imagine the trouble that causes for those of us with a battery that’s seen a season or two too many. To help yours power through the colder months, try testing it yourself, or have it tested by a technician for some professional peace of mind. By making sure you’re charged, you’ll stay in charge of the situation and off of the roadside.
Gear Up To See Clearly
No matter what you drive, if you can’t see the road, you’re going to be on thin ice. Make sure your windshield wipers are replaced, and your wiper fluid is filled to the brim with a brand of fluid with a low freezing point. Also, never underestimate the power of a simple ice scraper. It’s one of the most overlooked tools in winter preparation, but can make a huge difference in how quickly – and safely – you hit those winter roads.
Refresh Your Antifreeze
Antifreeze does wonders in the winter because it lowers the freezing point of water and increases its boiling point, making it easier for your car engine to turn over. To top things off, it even protects against the oxidation and corrosion so many engines succumb to. Be sure to check your antifreeze levels when engine is cold, and if it’s low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to hold you over. Because one of the best ways to keep it safe is to keep your cool.
Keep Those Beams Bright
As obvious as it sounds, making sure your lights are in working order is one of the brightest ideas anyone can have during winter’s longer nights. Often times you don’t realize your lights aren’t shining their brightest until it’s too late, or worse, too dark. Snow and precipitation can also drastically obstruct your view of the road without proper lighting. Without proper light, even the most high-end rides can end up on the roadside – and that’s the last place anyone wants to be on a chilly night.
Don’t Tread Lightly
When the rubber meets the road, it’s up to you to keep yourself, and your ride, safe. If the forecasts are foreseeing heavy snow, it might be in your best interest to swap your all-season tires for their snow counterparts. These models are made with a softer rubber, keeping them from getting too stiff in the cold. After making the switch or sticking with your current treads, always remember to keep an eye on your tire pressure. Cold temperatures lower air pressure, and properly blowing up your tires is the key to avoid blowouts in the future.
We’re always revved up to see the weather turn our world into a winter wonderland, but that doesn’t keep us from keeping up with our winter checklists. Remember, the best thing you can do for yourself, and everyone else, on the road is to be prepared, drive defensively and stay informed. As always, thanks for reading and, above all, letting us restore the rhythm of your life.