Tips for Winterizing Your Car

Tips for Winterizing Your Car

Whether you’re driving in cold weather or storing your car, it is critical that you winterize your car to keep it safe and secure. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to winterizing your car.

Always Keep Your Gas Tank Full

In winter, car fluids tend to become thicker and can delay ignition. A tank close to full will help you avoid this situation and allow a smoother drive. A close to empty tank will allow condensation to form on the empty walls of the tank, and water will start dripping into the fuel. If this water gets into the fuel pipes and freezes, you have will have severe issues starting your car.

Buy Enough Antifreeze

Antifreeze products can help protect your car in both extremes. In cold weather, your engine will not freeze, and in hot weather, it will not overheat. Also, antifreeze reduces the amount of corrosion. Equal parts of water and antifreeze are available at gas stations and will help your engine last longer.

Check Your Wipers and Wiper Fluid

If you see that the ends of the wiper blades are frayed, then replace them for better visibility in cold weather. While doing this, also check to see that the wiper fluid reservoir is full. Like other car fluids, wiper fluid will also thicken in the cold. So, get one that is resistant to cold temperatures.

Don’t Ignore The Rear Window

The rear window may be a forgotten item when prepping your car for the winter, but it is an important one. An unclear rear window can be dangerous. Make sure that you clean it and make sure that the rear window defroster is working correctly. 

All-Season Tires Vs. Winter Tires

Your regular tires may be in good condition, but due to the cold, the rubber may harden, reducing the amount of traction they offer. This can lead to skidding on slippery roads. The solution is to switch to winter tires. They are built using a material that does not harden in low temperatures and offers better traction.

Batteries Can Get Damaged In Winter

Your car battery can be hit by cold weather and give you trouble. It is always better to make sure that you have it checked out by a mechanic as the weather begins to get cooler. Batteries usually last several years, but because they have to work harder in the winter, it is always best to have them check and replaced if need be.

Carry A Winter Emergency Kit

Despite taking many precautions, you may still end up with car trouble. Having an emergency winter kit will help you resolve minor concerns yourself without much delay. The emergency kit should include a flashlight, flares, batteries, jumper cables, a snow scraper, a first aid kit, a tool kit and antifreeze. 

Do Your Homework

If you are planning a long drive, then it is a good idea to do your homework on what the weather conditions are likely to be at your destination. This will help you prep your car accordingly.

There it is — the basics of prepping your car for the upcoming winter season. With these tips, you can focus on the holidays rather than worry about your car.