Get Your Car Ready For Winter With These Useful Tips

Every year it seems that in the intervening months between each winter, people forget how to drive in snow. To folks who have been spoiled by months of warm weather, the snow is often an unwelcome site on the road. Weather conditions during winter not only make it next to impossible to do anything fun outdoors, but they make driving hazardous with slick roads and potential black ice. Learning how to prepare for winter driving is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Keep an eye on your tires

When it comes to winter driving, one of the best steps you can take is checking your tires. Your tires are more important than you might realize and play a big role in keeping you safe behind the wheel. You want to check your tire pressure about once a month. Cold weather can cause a drop in tire pressure leading to your tires being underinflated. Underinflated tires affect your tire’s performance and can cause them to wear differently. Tread depth is also something to keep your eye on. Use the “Lincoln test” to determine if your tread is too low, by placing a penny in your tread. If the tread doesn’t cover Abraham Lincoln’s hair, your tread is getting low. All-weather tires will work but special snow tires are ideal for areas where you routinely drive in conditions below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If your area sees frequent days where the high for the day is near zero, winter tires are strongly recommended for better traction on the snowy or icy roads.

Check and/or change your fluids

As the weather turns colder it is important to check all your fluid levels to prevent damage from occurring. It is also important to change certain fluids for efficiency reasons. Something many people fail to realize is not all wiper fluid is the same. Different wiper fluids have different freezing points. Look for temperature ratings on the fluid bottle to ensure the fluid won’t freeze upon contact with your windshield or in the lines themselves. Engine oil needs to be thinner for the cold weather. If you use 10W-30 consider switching to 5W-30 for the winter months. Check antifreeze and engine coolant levels to prevent your engine from freezing.

Test and replace battery if needed

During the cold weather, your battery’s capacity is going to decrease. Before the cold weather hits you want to have the battery tested to ensure it is performing at optimal levels. Depending on how badly the battery is performing you will want to replace it before winter to ensure you have an easier time starting your car. You can also protect your battery by parking inside a garage.

Need to have your car inspected before winter? Not sure how to check your fluid levels? Head on in to Yark Auto Group today for all of your service needs.

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