Like human beings, cars also need special care during the winter months for them to operate properly. In this article we are going to share several tips to prepare your car for winter and ensure its correct operation.
But before we get into the details, it’s important to know when to get your car ready for winter. You should generally do this a few weeks before the temperatures start to drop, and this usually happens before Thanksgiving in the United States. This could be a good opportunity to follow the steps we share below and get your car ready for winter.
Check the tire pressure
When temperatures fluctuate, it is common for tire pressure to drop. Therefore, it is important that you check the pressure every month, especially during the winter.
If your tires are not inflated enough, your car will not run well and you could use more gas than necessary when you are driving.
If you live in an area that reaches temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, it is recommended that you buy tires that are suitable for all seasons. And, if your city also reaches temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit, it is recommended that you have special tires for winter.
Repair cracks in the moon
Another thing to keep in mind when preparing your vehicle for winter temperatures is checking the moon for cracks. If so, you should repair them before it gets cold.
A small scratch could turn into a huge crack when temperatures start to change drastically. Take advantage of the mild weather to purchase a kit and fix the scratch before the cold hits.
In the same way, check the condition of the windshield wipers, and if you see that they need to be changed, you can always take a look at the article we wrote with instructions to change the windshield wipers on your car.
See the status of your battery
Batteries tend to suffer in the winter months, so you should also include them in your routine check. Have a mechanic check the condition of your battery when you go to change your oil. Generally, batteries have a life of 3 years, but sometimes they can last up to 5 years depending on how and how much you drive.
Inspect the brakes and their lights
Although this following tip applies to all seasons of the year, it is especially important to check your brakes and brake lights in winter. This measure will not only help you in your safety on the road but also in guaranteeing visibility to other drivers.
Bring a first aid kit
Lastly, be sure to always carry a first aid kit in the trunk of your vehicle. Some of the items that you should include are some blankets, a flashlight, extra clothing, a scraper, and reflective vests. For more information on how to create your first aid kit, we recommend that you read the linked article that we shared a few months ago.