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Oct 13, 2015

10 Winter Car Preparation Steps

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Seasons can change in the blink of an eye so it is important to ensure that your car is ready to get you from point A to point B when winter-y weather arrives. Don’t get stuck in a bad situation by simply prepping your car for the winter. To have peace of mind when that first snowfall hits, pay attention to the following 10 winter car preparation steps:

Winter Car

  1. Consider a tire change: It is clear that snow or winter tires are much better designed to handle cold weather and wintery conditions such as snow, sleet, or ice. To prepare your car for these weather conditions, consider switching your summer or all-season tires to snow tires for safety. Even if you aren’t switching to new tires, it is wise to check the pressure and tread of your current tires to prepare for the winter.

  2. Battery check: Have your mechanic check your battery as well as the charging system. Cold weather can have a harsh effect on batteries so ensure yours is running at peak performance.
  3. Antifreeze: Have the antifreeze in your car cleaned, flushed, and replenished
  4. Windshield-wipers: You may want to replace your wiper fluid with a fluid made for wintertime. In addition, consider purchasing winter windshield wipers that are designed to work through snow or ice.
  5. Lights: As the days get darker during winter, check to ensure your front, rear, and hazard lights are all functioning properly.
  6. Get a general check-up: It is suggested to have your car checked overall by a mechanic before the start of winter. Winter weather tends to exaggerate any problems your car may be experiencing.
  7. Oil change: It is important to have your oil and filter changed before winter weather begins. Some may also consider changing their car oil to a winter oil before the cold weather kicks in.
  8. Pump the brakes: Have the brakes of your vehicle checked to ensure they are working properly. Improper braking systems can cause major issues in winter weather.
  9. Check for carbon monoxide: Your exhaust system may be prone to carbon monoxide leaks. Have this checked for your safety during winter months when you will be driving with the windows rolled up.
  10. Have an emergency kit: Put together an emergency kit to keep in your car during winter months. You may want to include a first aid kit, blankets, flashlight, water, cell phone, ice scraper, jumper cables, and a shovel.

By following these 10 steps to preparing your car for winter, you can ensure safe travels during those cold and snowy months.


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