Those months are coming where the snow will go past your knees and the cars will begin to suffer. If you can expect a winter with harsh conditions, you must prepare your car well in advance to make sure your wheels are in the safest conditions to face everyday life with obstacles all around.
Make sure you follow these simple steps to ensure the best possible preventative measures from disaster on the roads this winter.
1. Oil Change
Get the correct oil change for your vehicle, as regular oil tends to thicken in colder temperatures and will not lubricate your engine as needed.
2. Windshield Wipers
Replace windshield wipers if needed. Getting snow and ice out of your vision is crucial every day. Refill your wiper fluid as well.
3. Check your battery
Making sure there is no corrosion around the connections as this is a pure cancer to the car. Test to make sure your battery holds a good charge. On that note, keep jumper cables in your car. Maybe your battery is fine, but it’s nice to be a good Samaritan and help someone else in need.
4. Belts and Hoses
Cold weather can wreck havoc on these, especially if they are already in bad condition. A few minor replacements can save you from a more expensive situation later on.
5. Tire Pressure
Traction is your best friend and making sure your tires are up to par can do wonders on the road. Keep them inflated at the right level, and continue to check them throughout the winter months. Cold temperature naturally deflate your tire pressure.
6. Winter Tires
If you live somewhere that is known for heavy winters and lots of snow, you might consider investing in winter tires. These can provide phenomenal traction and strength against conditions that regular tires cannot provide. It might be a bit costly, but it may also save your life.
7. 4 Wheel Drive
If you adjusted your car during the spring and summer to work on less, make sure you reinstate it again.
Getting the right amount of antifreeze with water is crucial to ensuring all parts work properly. Half antifreeze and half water will prevent your radiator from freezing over. Invest in an antifreeze tester to correct any issues.
9. Keep an Emergency Kit
There are plenty of items to keep handy in your car to combat against any of the situations you may find yourself in. Being a step ahead is key.
- Extra clothes
- Non-perishable foods
- Ice scraper
- Flashlight and batteries
- Jumper cables
- Tire chains
- Tire gauge
- Spare tire
- First aid kit
- A bag of abrasive material (kitty litter, sand, gravel, etc.). This will help move your car out of a spot in case you get stuck.
- Old cellular with a full charge. You can call 911 as long as your phone has a charge.
10. Have a Plan
Like this plan and the supplies in our car, have an idea of what you would do in case you get stranded or have a blow out. Know where you are with a map, use flares to signal for help. Let loved ones know where you’re going and check in once you reach your destination.