Cold weather is here, but it doesn’t have to slow you down. Have you taken the time to make sure your car is prepped for winter weather? There are several things you can do to protect your vehicle and help it run properly all winter. Here are some car maintenance tips to get you started.
Check the tire tread. In most states, it must be at least 2/32-inches, which you can measure by placing a penny in the tire – adequate tread will cover part of Lincoln’s head. However, because your vehicle’s ability to stop on slippery surfaces decreases when the tread reaches 4/32″, consider replacing worn tires with all-weather tires for better traction.
Change the windshield wipers. These two pieces of equipment clear snow, ice and debris from your windshield. To work properly, they must be free from rips and wear.
Charge the battery. With full juice, your battery’s ready to start no matter how low the temperature falls. Clean the terminals and double check that the battery’s secure, too.
Fill the fluids. Antifreeze, windshield washer, transmission and brake fluid assist your vehicle in running smoothly. Fill these fluids to the recommended level as you prep your vehicle for winter.
Keep your vehicle fueled at all times. You never know when you’ll become stuck in traffic or a snow drift, and you’ll be thankful for a full gas tank in those situations.
Stock an emergency kit. A few supplies assist you in flagging help and staying safe in almost any weather. They include:
- A small shovel
- Traction material like kitty litter or sand
- Fire extinguisher
- Charged cellphone
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Water and non-perishable food like energy bars or nuts
- Small amount of cash for fuel or other emergencies
Update your auto insurance. From fender benders to hail damage, adequate insurance gives you peace of mind and ensures you have financial resources to fix your vehicle.
Don’t let winter weather keep you at home. Follow these car maintenance tips and prepare your vehicle now. For more helpful info, visit www.carcare.org. As always, feel free to give us a call with any questions.