Top 7 things to do to winterize your car

by Admin on November 22, 2013

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Alright, down to business or more businesslike content. Now that winter is here and it may have caught many of us off-guard; we need to remember how to handle this frigid time of year. Here is the top 7 ways you can make sure, you and your car are winter ready.

  1. Buy winter tires: yes this seems like a no brainer, but all-seasons don’t always cut it. Call up your local tire shop and ask what they recommend for the type of driving you do and where you live.
  2. Have an emergency kit in your trunk: you never know when there may be road closures due to extreme weather or heaven forbid an accident. Keep things like a blanket, shovel, food, flashlight, jumper cables, extra gloves, medical kit and I especially like knowing I have charcoal hand warmers which don’t require power to heat you up.
  3. Take your vehicle in to get a winter tune-up: this is a good time to get your spark plugs, brakes, battery, steering and suspension, belts and hoses, fuel filter and air filters checked. These simple things will help your car cope with the severe temperatures a little better.
  4. Use winter wiper blades: you may think all blades are the same, but this is not the case. Winter wipers use a latticework spread out to hold the blade’s length to the arm at its center, except with a rubber boot fitted around the works, thus preventing snow and related wintery gunk from clogging the mechanism. It snow builds up around the works, the force is not evenly distributed thus leaving patches of un-wiped glass.
  5. Check all lights: headlights, taillights and turn signals allow people to see you on the road in the middle of a blizzard. Make sure they are in working order and as bright as possible.
  6. Check all your fluids: this includes your windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid and of course oil.
  7. Make sure you tires are always properly inflated: this allows for you to keep the best traction on those ice roads. Also, it improves your fuel economy and of course safety.

I hope this list has helped you become aware of the things you need to take care of now that winter is here. All of these tips are affordable and easy to do yourself or to get your car into a shop. I know I feel better knowing I am prepared to handle winter driving. Also, always remember to slow down, give yourself time to stop and always err on the safe side.

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