With winter quickly approaching, there’s a lot we need to do to start preparing for a successful hibernation. If there’s just one thing in your life you can’t forget about prepping for this winter, it’s your car. To avoid unwanted bills and keep your vehicle from becoming vulnerable to the cold weather, follow Wash Me Now’s following tips on readying your car for the snow season:
1.Buy snow tires for the oncoming icy weather
It’s time to switch up your tires for the winter. The freezing temperatures are going to change the way your tires interact with the roads beneath its wheels, and snow tires are an easy way to help prepare yourself for the slippery conditions. Don’t lose traction on ice! Snow tires make sure you’re always prepared for any kind of icy, slippery weather. Make sure to look for the snowflake symbol on the tire’s inner rubber if you’re buying new snow tires this winter. If you’re switching back to an old set, make sure they’re clean and in good working order.
2.Go get your brakes inspected
A simple brake inspection can mean a big difference between a safe vehicle and a vulnerable one. Some auto shops even offer free brake inspections alongside other paid services, so if you’re looking for a deal then put in a little bit of research ahead of time. There are some simple tell-tale signs that you may need to get your brakes inspected or replaced. These can include: a pulling on one side of your vehicle when you engage your brakes, “hard pedal” or a difficulty when pressing the brake function, and even touchy brakes that grabble under the least bit of pressure. Keep an eye out for all of these signs. Either way, it’s always a safe bet to have your brakes checked out before winter hits.
3.Use wintertime windshield wiper liquid.
It’s important to note that not all wiper fluid does the same thing. Regular non-seasonal fluid is pretty much useless in the winter months. The fluid used during warmer weather will freeze fairly quickly or even on contact during cold winter months.
So as the freeze arrives, it’s time to upgrade your windshield fluid to winterized fluid. Winter fluids were developed with Canadian winters in mind, and they make sure not to freeze or become ice on your windshield.
4.Have your battery inspected
Once the mornings begin to get colder and colder, your battery is going to start having a harder time starting up. To avoid any unforeseen issues, have your battery inspected by a certified technician. Ensure that it’s at full power and capable of handling the upcoming winter months. You’ll want to double-check that your battery contacts are not corroded and that they’re nice and clean. If you know that the battery is already a few years old, buy a new one before winter comes. Just in case.
5.Keep a first aid kit (and other items) in your car
You never know when you may need it. If your car fails or breaks down somewhere far between stations or towns, it can be a pretty dangerous situation. There are a number of scenarios that are easy to encounter, but you’d never have guessed it until they do. This is why it’s always imperative to have a simple first aid kit in your car for each of the winter months. Your kit could be stocked with gloves, blankets, jumper cables, or whatever you deem necessary.
6.Change your oil to suit the weather
The frostier the weather gets, the thinner you want that oil in your car to be. The thickness of your engine’s oil in freezing temperatures is signified by the first listed number in the oil’s specifications.
7.Keep your gas topped off
By keeping your gas tank full whenever you can, you diminish the odds of your gas lines from freezing over. Your engine may end being your only source of heat for a period of time if you find yourself stranded. A full tank will also ensure you get you to where you’re going!
So as the winter creeps in, feel free to procrastinate on every other aspect of your life, except your car! Follow Wash Me Now’s seven tips for preparing your car for the great Canadian winter, and feel free to share your tips with us in the comments below or on Facebook!
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