Winter is that season of the year which can cause lot of problems for you if you are daily driver, but you did not prepared you car for winter. I guess you remember that feeling when your work starts in 30min, but your car just won’t start and there is no other option than call a taxi?
The instruction we have prepared is basic, but everybody should check this things in their vehicle.
Check Your Coolant – Test the protection level of your antifreeze/water mixture. If the protection level does not meet the condition of your environment, damage can occur. Use a tester or have your local shop test your coolants protection level. Make sure the system is full.
Keep Up With Your Oil Changes – The best way to keep your vehicle running right is replacing your engine oil and filter. Make sure you are using the manufacturers recommended oil for your climate.
Washer Fluid and Wiper Blades – Make sure the washer fluid is topped off with fluid that can handle cold temperatures and make sure the wiper blades are in excellent condition. An iced-over windshield can ruin a brand new set of blades. If they do not clear the windshield, it will make it difficult to see.
Inspect Your Tires – It is crucial to ensure your tire pressure is at the proper level and make sure your tires are in excellent condition. Both of these can cause you to lose traction.
Heater and Defroster – Make sure these systems are working correctly. If your car is not producing heat or the heating system has a malfunction, you will not be able to clear the windshield from fog, snow or ice.
Battery – Have your battery tested. If your battery is 4 or more years older, don’t be surprised if it needs to be replaced. Cold weather is hard on a batteries ability to start the engine of your vehicle. Also, make sure the cables are in good condition, and the battery is free of corrosion.
Have an Emergency Kit – It’s a good idea to always have an emergency kit in your vehicle year round but winter time is most important. Have some road flares, jack, lug nut wrench, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, gloves, hat, ice scraper, water to drink, snacks, small shovel, kitty litter or sand encase you get stuck in the snow.
Regular Maintenance – Have your vehicle looked over to make sure it’s ready for the cold temperatures. Some items to inspect are your coolant hoses, drive belts, and a tune-up. The cold weather will test all of these systems, and if one is weak, it is more likely to fail.
Keep Your Gas Tank Filled – If the weather is bad, refill your tank when it gets down to a quarter to half full. Taking chances stretching your fuel in bad weather could be dangerous if you get stuck in the snow or a traffic jam. No fuel = No heat.
Have Your Car Detailed – This sounds crazy, but a fresh coat of wax goes a long way protecting your paint and finish.
Lights – Make sure all your lights are working. Walk around and make sure all are operating correctly. You need to see, and other drivers need to see you.
And last thing which is not necessary, but you will feel extra safe if your car is 4 wheels drive