Is Your Car Ready For Cold Weather?
Driving in the chilly season brings new hazards you won’t see in any other season. Both you and your vehicle should be well-equipped to handle the challenges of driving through ice and snow. Here are some pointers to stay safe and relaxed this fall and winter.
Get Your Car Winter Ready
Plan ahead and make sure to service your car before winter. Here are some areas to keep an eye on:
Battery: Dropping temperatures can drain your battery. The lower the temperature, the more power your battery needs to start the car. Always check your battery before winter.
Brakes: Can you imagine a car without brakes? How about in the winter? You should check your brakes during every season but pay special attention to them before winter rolls around.
Cooling System: The cooling system protects your car against corrosion and maintains a smooth operating temperature. It’s vital to have the right ratio of antifreeze to water in the engine. A 50/50 ratio is usually recommended. However, remember there are different types of antifreeze. The base chemicals are the same, but some additives and dyes are Pre-Owned for high mileage vehicles. You can consult a technician about the best antifreeze for your car.
Install Winter Tires
While all-season tires have great tread life and offer good year-round performance, they are not designed to handle extreme weather conditions like snow and ice. In areas where the winters aren’t as harsh, all-season tires are fine, but in the harsh winters a good tire makes a big difference.
Winter tires cater to unpredictable winter road conditions. They use flexible rubber tread that grips an icy and snowy road better. They also come with unique patterns and deeper tread depth that prevents snow buildup and repels water.
Check the Defroster on Your Rear Window
An obstructed rear window is dangerous in every season, but especially in winter. Remember to check the defroster on your rear window while you’re winterizing your car. It must be functional, dry, and free of debris.
Don’t Over-Inflate the Tires
It’s critical to maintain the right tire pressure. You might think that overinflated tires offer better road grip, but this is a myth. An overinflated tire is actually more likely to slip and slide on ice, and won’t be able to grip the road properly. Adding pressure makes your tires harder, it doesn’t change the grip or the tread. Different tires also need different pressures to do their job. Ask an expert, like your service manager, or consult the manufacturer’s guide to know the safest tire pressure for your vehicle.
As winter approaches, it’s time to ramp up your car to face the snow and ice. These tips will make your snow navigation easier and safer. Get to your garage and start right away!