How to Prep Your Vehicle for the Winter
Brr, it’s getting cold out there. With winter just around the corner, driving in the cold elements brings about a new driving experience. Prep your car accordingly in order to be ready for the ice, snow, and lots of salt.
Get an emergency kit. There are few things worse than having your car break down in the freezing cold of winter. Make sure you’re ready for the worst with some emergency supplies: blankets, a jack, a first-aid kit, flashlight, spare non-perishable food, and a shovel.
Change your oil. Cold weather thickens oil and can reduce its ability to circulate through the engine. By ensuring you have fresh oil in your vehicle, it’ll keep everything running smoothly as the temperature drops.
Check tire pressure. When the temperature drops, your tires can experience a drop of around 1 PSI per ten degrees. Recommended tire pressure PSI depends on your vehicle and tires. Check your owner’s manual to see what PSI level your tires should be at.
Inspect your tires. Icy and snowy roads make driving on worn tread much more dangerous. Snow tires may be a great option for you if you live in an area that experiences lots of snowfall. Made from softer rubber that maintains its flexibility in colder temperatures, snow tires have treads that are designed to keep their grip on ice and snow.
Check your battery. Due to the cold weather, your car may require more current from the battery to get the engine started. Starting your morning with a dead car battery is definitely not ideal – especially when its cold. Run a battery load test and make sure you have spark plugs in your vehicle.
Your vehicle is your way from point A to point B. Stay on top of the seasonal change by implementing these suggestions. If you are in need of any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your safety this coming winter is important to us!