Whether you like it or not, winter is right around the corner. That means you need to prepare your house and your vehicles for the upcoming weather. What are some tips for winterizing your car?
Stock Your Car with Emergency Supplies
Your car should be stocked with emergency supplies all year round, but especially in the winter. You never know when your car will break down or weather will prevent you from driving any further. If that were to happen, you want to be prepared, so stock your car with supplies. You will want to have a set of jumper cables, two flashlights, blankets, a first aid kit, a folding shovel, and extra water. Depending on the makeup of your family, you may want to add baby supplies as well.
Consider Snow Tires
Do you live somewhere that tends to be snow covered all winter? If so, you want to invest in snow tires. Snow-tires are created from a different type of rubber. This softer rubber lets the tired have more flexibility in the cold air. In addition, snow tires are designed with very specific patterns that allow the tires to grip into snow and ice.
Replace and Refill Fluids
When winter hits, you want all of the fluids in your car to be full. So while it is still Fall, go ahead and check the levels and then fill everything. The coolant in your car is necessary to keep your radiator from freezing with the low temperatures. You will want to check your oil as well and make sure it is full. Some mechanics do recommend switching to a thinner oil over the winter.
Lastly, you will want to check and fill your windshield washer fluid. You will need that to keep a clear and clean windshield. If you have any questions, refer to your car’s user manual or ask your mechanic.
Whether you love the winter or hate it, your car needs your attention in the colder months. Stock your car up with emergency supplies in the case that you get stranded in a blizzard. Consider putting snow tires on your car so you are better equipped to handle the icy and slippery roads. Lastly, make sure all your cars’ fluids are full. This includes coolant, windshield washer fluid, and oil.