Wintertime weather makes most of us want to hibernate in front of a fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. When we do have to venture out in the cold, the last thing we want to deal with is car issues. U Wrench It has gathered a list of tips and tricks to prep your car for winter so you can stay warm and dry inside.
- Swap out tires for winter tires. Although we may not be in one of the colder states, winter tires are made to get better traction and perform better in weather under 45 degrees.
- Check tire pressure weekly. Driving on deflating tires with lessen the traction as well as wear them down quicker. Your tires lose a pound of pressure with every ten degree decrease.
- Keep your fuel tank half full. This is crucial in case of an emergency or for getting stuck and having to wait for help.
- Add a protective layer. Polymer wax can protect against salt, ice, hail, snow, and more.
- Protect your windshield wipers. When your car is outside, leave wipers in the upright position so they don’t freeze to the windshield.
- Preform a volt test on your battery. This test will identify if the battery is strong enough to last through the winter months.
- Check coolant/antifreeze levels. This is essential for any car in the winter.
- Keep extra windshield washer fluid in the trunk. With the salt, sleet, and snow being turned up in the winter, it is important to keep your windshield clean.
If all of these tips and tricks are used, any car will continue to perform top notch, even in the winter weather. However, it is still important to drive carefully and cautiously during the winter months, always looking out for patches of black ice or other cars sliding.