8 Ways To Get Your Car Ready For The Winter Ahead
We all know is that time of the year and winter is just around the corner. So here 8 tips to get your car ready for the cold weather.
1. Check for Recalls
Check if your car is safe to drive in any weather? You need to enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) through NHTSA’s Recalls Look-Up Tool to see if your vehicle has been a part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.
2. Check Your Tires
Check them for wear and tire pressure, sometimes they can lose pressure in the cold. See if your tires are suitable for this weather condition if not you will have to get snow tires. Make sure each tire is inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Check the age of each tire. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced every six years regardless of use, but check your owner’s manual to find out.
3. Get Your Car Serviced
Always is a good time to take your car to your mechanic for a seasonal tune-up and other maintenance. Ask them to check for badly worn hoses, leaks, or other parts that need fixing or replacing. Also, ask them to test your battery and tighten the battery cable connections.
4. Install New Wipers
Check if you wipers need replacing, hard or worn wipers are dangerous in a bad weather. Consider installing heavy-duty wipers if you think there will be a lot of snow and ice in your area. Don’t forget to check if your rear and front window defrosters are properly working,
5. Check Your Fluids
It’s a good idea to flush and refill your car’s coolant system and also change your windshield washer fluid. Use just the high-quality winter fluid with de-icer. Also, it’s not a bad idea to keep some de-icer spray in your car for any case.
6. Feel the Heat
One of the most important things to check if your heating system and window defroster are working. You’ll thank us later. Also if you live in a cold area, never forget the floor mats, ice scraper, and the rest of the winter supplies to put them in your car.
7. Test Your Lights and Signals
Check if your headlights, brake lights, emergency flashers, turn signals and indoors lights need replacing.
8. Stock Up
Always keep the essential safety items like an ice scraper, blankets, flares, and a first-aid kit in your vehicle.