How to Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter
Many of these steps are simple but often overlooked. The winter weather can be brutal on one’s vehicle and the last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road in nasty freezing weather.
- Wax your vehicle
- Replace Wiper Blades
- Check Antifreeze Levels
- Check tires
- Test Battery
- Examine Belts and Hoses
Wax Your Vehicle
Road salt is an important part of keeping roads safe during the winter months. Over time road salt can cause extreme corrosion and extensive damage to vehicles. A good coat of wax can help protect the exterior of your vehicle from road salt.
Replace Wiper Blades
When was the last time you replaced your wiper blades? Wiper blades should be replaced every six to twelve months. If you are noticing that your wiper blades no longer make proper contact with your windshield or there is a continual streak left on the glass when in use then it is time for new blades. If you stop by your local Auto Parts store the clerk can help you find the correct blades and replace your old ones in a matter of minutes.
Check Antifreeze Levels
Coolant systems that are not kept at the correct level will lead to overheating due to freezing. The antifreeze will keep your engine from freezing during the chilly winter months. Adding more antifreeze is simple and will not break the bank. You will want to aim for having a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water inside your radiator.
You want to make sure that your vehicle’s tires are in good shape. Check your tire pressure and fill your tires up with air if needed to the appropriate pressure level. Also, make sure your tires have the correct amounts of tread on them. To check, insert a penny into your tire’s tread with top of Lincoln’s head facing inward towards the tire. If you are able to see Lincoln’s head it is time to replace your tires.
Make sure your battery’s post and connections are free of corrosion. If your battery is more than three years old, it is very important to have your battery tested to make sure it is performing at its highest capability. The cold temperatures are hard on a battery especially an older one. Parking your vehicle under a shelter out of the cold helps protect your battery. Also, it is never a bad idea to keep jumper cables handy.
Examine Belts and Hoses
Have your belts and hoses checked at your next vehicle’s service. Over time there may be wear and tear on them causing cracks.