Preparing Your Car For Winter

Winter is rapidly approaching and now is the perfect time to prepare your vehicle for winter driving. This is an essential thing to do before the harsh winter months put unwelcomed demands on your car’s equipment and parts. Failure to do so could result in a devastating or even life-threatening situation. No one wants that especially during the holiday season. Here are some steps to help you through this winter.

Buy a set of winter tires. This is perhaps one of the best ways to help you battle snowy conditions. Snow tires will significantly improve your cars handling ability on slippery surfaces. It’s a proven fact that cars that have only two-wheel drive who have winter tires are better at stopping and maneuvering than cars with regular tires.

Along with a good set of winter tires, make sure the tire’s pressure is accurate. There is a misconception that reducing the pressure in your tires will increase the size of a tires contact, thus increasing its grip. This isn’t the case. It actually reduces stability. Look on your tires inside wall for its recommended PSI level.

Make sure your vehicle is equipped with an emergency kit. You never know what could happen out on the road. Even with every precaution taken, your car could still break down. Your emergency kit could end up being a life saver.

Carry extra warm clothing in your vehicle. Have you ever tried to change a tire in freezing temperatures? Be prepared with jackets and gloves. Don’t count on your car’s heating system to keep warm. If your engine fails, your heat will too. Carry a blanket, socks, and a warm winter hat.

Replace your windshield wipers and fluid. Your visibility is limited when driving in heavy snowy conditions. Using old windshield wipers will only make matters worse by smearing dirt and snow around rather than removing it. Making sure to have fluid will help remove slush that’s kicked onto your windshield by the cars in front of you. Invest in proper windshield wiper fluids that won’t freeze in extreme temperatures.

Check your coolant or anti-freeze levels regularly. You should have a 50/50 mix of water and coolant in your radiator. If water freezes in this part of your vehicle, temperatures will soar in your engine leaving you stranded and with a big expense.

Heed these tips from SouthTowne Motors and have a safe and fun winter.

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