The cold and frosty conditions of winter can be tough on all of us, but they’re also tough on our cars. You need to make sure that your car is still able to get you where you need to be during winter, and that it can keep you safe in the process. With this in mind, there are a few things you need to do to make sure that your car is ready to survive the winter ahead.
Have winter tires fitted
If you live in a place that gets a lot of snow, then replacing your all-weather tires with winter tires is a must. These are more effective at gripping the road when it is icy or covered with snow slush, helping to maintain your steering and control on the slippery roads. If you decide not to switch to winter tires, then you should at least check the tread depth and pressure of your tires. Cold weather can cause tire pressure to decrease.
Repair any chips in the windscreen
If you’ve got a chip in your windscreen and have been putting off having it repaired, then now is the time to do it. The cold weather will make it even more likely that it will splinter and grown further, turning into a large and costly crack. Repairing the chip before the windscreen cracks will save you a lot of money.
Keep an eye on your battery
The winter can be harsh on your car’s battery. The cold weather already makes it operate more slowly. On top of this, you’ll be using your car’s lights and heating more than usual, draining your battery even quicker. Make sure you check your battery before the cold weather hits and replace it if necessary.
Top up antifreeze levels
The liquids in your car may freeze in cold weather, which can cause much bigger problems. Make sure your engine coolant is made up half of water and half of an antifreeze solution. Your windscreen washer fluid should also be topped up with antifreeze to prevent this from freezing, which could leave you unable to clear your windscreen while driving.
The viscosity of your engine oil should be lower in winter, i.e. the oil should be thinner. This oil is better for the cold conditions. Next time you go for an oil change, opt for oil with a lower viscosity grade.
The best way to make sure your car is ready for winter is to take it in for a service before the weather starts to get really cold. If you need maintenance or repair in the Piedmont Triad, get in touch with us at Bill’s Auto Clinic.