Snow, sleet, ice, and freezing winds are just around the corner. These pose several challenges to daily life — especially when it comes to driving your vehicle.
Make sure to prepare your vehicle for the winter seasons. Here are some ways you can do so.
1. Fill Your Tires
As temperatures drop, tire pressure decreases. Too low of pressure in your tires can be dangerous on the winter roads.
Check your tires with a manual pressure gauge — even if your car tells you pressure in the dashboard. If you know how to fill your tires, feel free to do so. Otherwise, take it to a mechanic.
2. Inspect Your Tire Tread
Tire tread keeps your grip on the road, so it’s also important to check and make sure there’s enough tread. Here’s an easy way to do so. Hold a penny with Lincoln’s head facing you and stick it into the tire tread. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, you need new tires. Also, make sure you rotate your tires every six months.
3. Check Your Car Battery
Car battery capacity decreases when it gets cold outside. Go to a professional and have them inspect your battery’s fluids as well as your cables.
4. Check Engine Coolant and Antifreeze
Antifreeze keeps your engine from, well, freezing. Without it, your engine could freeze and leave you stranded in the cold.
With that in mind, check your coolant and antifreeze levels. The easiest way to do this is to bring your car to a mechanic. You can do it yourself if you’d like, though.
To check your coolant, grab a kit for checking engine coolant at an auto supply store. It’ll inform you if you have the right coolant chemical mix.
As for antifreeze, consult your car’s owner’s manual on how to check it. Top off your antifreeze levels if it’s low.
5. Prepare a “Winter Supply Kit”
Prepare some emergency supplies in case you ever get stranded — whether your engine doesn’t start, you get stuck, or you slide off the road.
Items to have in this kit include:
● Energy-packed snacks (nuts or jerky, for example)
● Extra pairs of gloves
● Hand warmers
● Road flares
● One or two changes of warm clothes
● A radio
● Charger phone to call 911
● An extra ice scraper or two
● A bag of kitty litter or sand (to gain traction if you get stuck)
Having these things can be the difference between injury or worse, and coming home safely.
6. Install a Remote Starter
Let’s face it: getting in a freezing car is terrible. When the temps get really low, it can hurt to touch the wheel.
And then there’s the defrosting. You’ve got to spend minutes in the freezing cold scraping your windshield, windows, and mirrors. Not fun.
That’s where a remote starter comes in handy. Start the vehicle from the warm comfort of your home and wait a minute or so. Then, it’s just a short dash to the vehicle before you’re back in the warmth of the climate controls.
Your windshield, windows, and mirror will also be mostly defrosted by then, too.
At Car Pretty, we now offer remote starter systems to our customers. If you’re sick of scraping your windows every day of the winter, stop in and talk to us about getting a remote starter for your vehicle!