With winter here, it’s a good time to prepare your vehicle for potentially hazardous roads. Here are a few winter driving tips, along with ideas to prepare your vehicle for winter.
Prepare Your Car For Winter
- Battery check – Cold temperatures are a battery killer. Be sure you have the juice to keep going. Check the terminals for corrosion that needs cleaning and ensure the alternator and belts are in good shape.
- Antifreeze and coolant – Check the antifreeze to ensure it provides ample freeze protection for your climate. You can get a simple tester at any parts store. If it’s been several years since you’ve changed the coolant, be sure to get some fresh fluid in there. If there’s sludge or slime in your radiator, check out this blog post for tips to deal with it.
- Windshield wipers and fluids – Make sure the wipers are working and the blades are not worn. Fill the washer reservoir with a good-quality fluid that resists freezing.
- Brake system– Stopping safely on slick roads is crucial. Ensure the floor mat isn’t blocking the pedal. Sometimes, melted snow from your boots can cause the floor mat to freeze into an odd shape that can conflict with the pedal. If you notice braking issues, have the brake fluid, pads, rotors and lines checked.
- Tire pressure and tread – Check tires monthly for wear and proper inflation regardless of the season. Make sure you have a spare tire, and keep a pressure gauge in the vehicle with you.
- Keep fuel tank at least half full – It’s a good idea to keep your fuel tank at least half-full in case you get stranded on the side of the road and need to stay warm. It also helps ward off moisture collecting in the tank due to condensation.