Winter Car Tips
Here are some precautionary measures to implement to maintain your car in a solid condition for the winter:
Check Your Car Battery
Car batteries work harder during the colder months. This is because the engine oil thickens due to the chill and the batteries must work harder to power the engine. This additional workload puts extra stress on the battery, which can even break down at times. A volt test can reveal if your battery is strong enough to face the winter. Check the terminals of the battery for corrosion. An in-depth battery examination by a professional service can tell you if a replacement is needed.
Check the Antifreeze Levels
The antifreeze liquid is necessary to maintain the right engine temperature during the colder months. The antifreeze liquid prevents water in the radiator from freezing. thereby facilitating smoother engine operation. Check your owner’s manual to know how frequently you need to change your car’s antifreeze liquid.
Maintain the Right Tire Pressure
The winter months tend to reduce tire pressure. When the tires are under-inflated, they tend to come into excessive contact with the road surface, which causes friction. Friction leads to overheating, which causes tire failure, wearing, and blowouts. Tire blowouts lead to loss of vehicle control, putting not only you but also other drivers on the road at risk. Check the pressure of your tires once a week to prevent such dangerous possibilities.
Check the brakes
Brakes undergo a lot of strain during winters. Snow during the colder months leads to the formation of moisture within the brake system. Salt used to break snow and ice can penetrate into the braking system and rust the brake rotors. These factors decrease the efficiency of the brake mechanism, which can be risky on winter roads.
Have your brakes serviced twice during the winter, once at the start of the season and again midway through.
Check All Car Lights
As the days are shorter during winters, you’ll end up driving more in the dark. Examine all the exterior lights of your car and replace damaged and blurred ones. Remember to wipe off any ice or snow build-up on the lights before leaving home.
Have your car serviced this winter to ensure your safety and comfort on wet, snowy, and icy roads.