Ready or not, here comes winter! There’s a chill in the air and holiday decorations have replaced the Halloween candy. Though the winter season doesn’t officially begin until December 21st, here in the Midwest, we feel its effects long before.
It is vital that you prepare your vehicle for its winter duties, so that you and your loved ones remain safe. Here are a few tasks to get you started:
Check your tires. If you’re going to stay safe on the road, especially one that is wet or icy, healthy tires are a number one priority. Most tires have tread indicators; if you can see these, you tires need to be replaced. Check your air pressure and adjust according to manufacturer’s guidelines. Most experts recommend rotating your tires every 6000 miles to ensure even wear.
Be aware of your battery. The last thing you want is to find your battery is dead when you’re out and about in the cold weather. Clean any corrosion around your battery and ensure that it is maintaining a charge.
Don’t freeze up. Make certain that your antifreeze to water ratio is just right for your vehicle and that the level is correct. Ensure that wiper blades are in good working condition and that headlights, taillights, etc., are operational for those longer winter nights. Other parts worthy of a check at this time include brakes and spark plugs.
Prepare your interior. Heavy-duty rubber floor mats will protect your car from the icy sludge on your passengers’ feet. Cleaning up before winter hits full force is a good idea. Also, check your emergency kit in case you need to replenish or refresh items. Make sure you have a blanket in case you get stranded.
Prepare your exterior as well. A nice coat of wax will help protect your vehicles paint from the weather and the road salt that comes with it.
Whether you do it yourself or go to a professional, taking the time to ensure that your car is ready for winter can save you time and money. It can also help prevent accidents and keep you safe in the event of a breakdown.