It might still be autumn, but there’s no question that winter is already on its way. While that means the start of holiday season and family fun, it also, unfortunately, means the roads are going to be covered in ice and snow. Whether you like it or not, it’s time to start prepping your vehicle for the coming winter months.
To save you some time and stress later, here are a few car care tips that should help get your car winter-ready.
Prepare a Winter Supply Box
While this is an item that should be in your car at all times of the year, now is the time to restock it for the colder months. For starters, you should have a blanket or two, a change of clothes, a few extra pairs of gloves, a bag of sand for traction, and some water bottles and non-perishable snacks. A flashlight and portable charging dock are good too.
Check Your Antifreeze and Coolant Levels
Antifreeze, while forgotten in the summer months, is by far the most important substance to have enough of during the winter. Without it, or with it at dangerously low levels, your engine actually can freeze and leave you stranded in your driveway or in a snowbank on the side of the highway.
Get Your Tires Serviced
A tire can lose up to 50% of its inflation pressure and still appear to be just fine. However, it can seriously impair your driving, especially during the winter. In addition to making sure your tires are filled, you should put snow tires on your car. Traction is your greatest ally in the snow and ice, so don’t forget to invest in tire services before the snow starts falling.
Use the Right Windshield Wiper Fluid
When winter gets here, the last thing you want is for your windshield wiper fluid to make your ice problems even worse than they already are. If you use ordinary windshield wiper fluid in the winter, it’s just going to freeze on contact with the glass. Fluid designed specifically for winter, however, can actually help melt the ice and snow on your windshield.
If you’re worried about winter driving, make sure to put these car care tips to good use. Don’t forget to have your car properly serviced by an auto repair service!