Winter is almost here and colder weather can present certain unique challenges when it comes to operating your automobile. Is your car ready for winter? Taking steps to make sure your car is cold weather ready can help keep you out of potentially dangerous situations later on. Since many families (including mine) tend to take longer road trips during the holidays, having your vehicle in tip-top shape is essential for the safety of your family. Before you head out onto the road, take a few steps to make sure your car is prepared for cold weather.
Make sure your battery is in top shape.
Starting your car in frigid temps takes a lot of juice and if your battery is ready to die, the cold weather may just push it over the edge. Better to have it checked by a professional and replaced if necessary than be stranded with a car that won’t start.
Make sure you can see clearly.
Old wipers will not clear snow or salt as well as new ones will. Wipers made specifically for winter weather can handle the harsher conditions and corrosive salt spray that gets kicked up. Also be sure to add plenty of winter washer fluid to your reservoir and consider keeping an extra gallon in the trunk for refills. Driving with a reduced field of vision is a recipe for disaster.
Check your tires.
Tires need to have a good amount of tread in order to grip the road in snowy or icy conditions. In addition to tread depth, check your tire pressure often. Changing temperatures can affect tire pressure and result in low pressure during cold weather. Personally, I prefer switching over to winter tires during the cold months as I see a significant improvement in traction and control.
Plan for the worst.
Hopefully, you will never be in the position of being stuck or stranded in frigid temperatures, but carrying supplies just in case is a smart idea. I have a plastic container with extra hats and gloves, hand warmers, snacks, and bottled water that I keep in my car at all times. I also have an extra wool blanket in my trunk.
Have a professional look over your vehicle.
While checking the tires is probably something you can do yourself, having a professional check your battery, breaks, fluid levels, and even replace your wipers for you is a good thing to do before heading out on a winter road trip. When it comes to finding someone reliable and trustworthy to look at your car, think about using a TECHNET shop. TECHNET shops are local, family owned and independent and can personalize your service experience to fit exactly what you need. Plus you are supporting your own community and a local small business owner, two things that are important to me.
You can locate a local TECHNET shop near you on their website. I was thrilled to see that there are many within just a short drive from my house including the shop we use regularly. You can also connect and learn more on Facebook and Twitter.
What steps do you take to get your car ready for cold weather? Share them below!