With winter comes the need to take extra care of your car. Cold temperatures, icy roads and snow can all cause damage to vehicles if they are not maintained properly. Taking a few simple steps now will help ensure that your car is safe and reliable during the cold months ahead.
With help from Autovault car storage, here are some tips on how to look after your car during winter so you don’t have any trouble getting around this season.
1- Check your tire pressure: As temperatures drop, so does the air pressure in your tires. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommended pressure for your car’s size and weight, and inflate or deflate accordingly.
2- Change your oil: Oil thickens up in cold weather, making it harder for the engine to turn over when you start your car. To prevent this from happening, have an oil change done at least once a month during winter months.
3- Check antifreeze levels: Antifreeze protects against freezing temperatures that can cause damage to radiators and other engine components. A simple test of the coolant levels will tell you if they need topping up before the coldest part of winter hits.
4- Check your battery: The cold weather can be hard on car batteries and they need to be in top condition before winter sets in. Have a qualified mechanic test the battery and check for any corrosion that could reduce its performance.
5- Make sure all lights are working: Visibility is key during winter months, so make sure all of your car’s exterior lights – headlights, brake lights and indicators – are working and visible from a distance.
6- Stock up on supplies: Prepare an emergency kit for long trips in case you get stuck in bad weather. Items like blankets, snacks, water bottles, flares, road salt or sand should be kept in the trunk at all times.
What is the Safest Way to Deice my Windshield?
When it comes to deicing your windshield, the safest way is to use a commercial de-icer spray. These products are designed for car windshields and contain chemicals that quickly melt the ice without damaging any of the glass or plastic components. Make sure you follow the instructions on the label when using these products.
Additionally, you can use a store-bought ice scraper with an abrasive rubber blade to gently scrape away any stubborn patches of snow and ice, or even use an old credit card to help break up thicker chunks. However, you should avoid using boiling water as this could cause cracking in the glass if it cools down too quickly. If necessary, you can add small amounts of alcohol or vinegar to hot water (not boiling) to help speed up the melting process. Don’t forget to wipe away any leftover condensation with a clean cloth for safety and visibility.
By following the tips above you can make sure your car is in good working order during the winter months and you can get around safely and comfortably. Take care of your car this winter, so it can take care of you!