Even if the weather outside is frightful, you should still make driving delightful. It is not easy to ensure that your car continues to operate despite the low temperature outside. With all the Christmas shopping and parties to go to for the Yuletide season, you should be able to maximize your car’s operating power.
To make your season truly jolly, here are some tips to winter-proof your car.
- Always check your battery and tire pressure beforehand.
You know what’s worse than getting stranded on the road? Getting stranded on the road in winter! Once the temperature reaches below 32ºF, a car battery loses 33% of its power. This is why most batteries die during this specific season. Before going out of your house, make sure your battery will perform optimally.
A car tire loses a pound of pressure every time there is a 10-degree change in the temperature. This makes it harder for the tires to hold onto a slippery road. To make sure your car’s battery and tires are all working properly, visit an auto repair shop to make sure your tires won’t give up on you on the road.
- Replace your wiper blades and washer fluid.
Wiper blades are extremely necessary, as they keep your view clear from the driver’s seat. However, winter storms make their jobs a lot harder. If you live where it snows a lot, it’s time to invest on a pair of winter blades. These tools are built to endure precipitation and cold. They have protective shells made of rubber to prevent ice and snow from hardening the wiper.
Many people are unaware of this, but there are different kinds of windshield washer fluid. The ordinary fluid that you use during summer, spring, and fall is not as useful during winter. That kind of fluid freezes quickly once in contact with the cold windshield. A good pair of winter wiper blades partnered with winter windshield washer fluid will surely keep things clear from the driver’s seat.
- Make a “winter supply” box and always have it ready in your car.
Accidents can happen anytime. With the roads slippery, and with a car that is sensitive to the cold, it is just right to always be prepared. Grab a box which can fit in your trunk, and fill it with the following in-case-of-an-emergency stuff:
- Road flares
- First-aid kit
- Thick blankets
- A set of extra clothes (including winter must haves such as gloves and scarves)
- Extra ice scraper
- Food (high energy snacks like trail mix or jerky)
- Get Thinner Oil
The low temperature of the season makes the engine oil thicker. Because if this, the battery works double time to make sure your car is running smoothly. Switching to thinner oil will help you prevent car troubles on the road. Make sure to read those manuals first and talk to an expert to make sure the oil is compatible with your ride.
Our car is like a moving home that keeps us safe while we are on the road. It is vital to make sure they are winter-ready as soon as possible. Contact us today and get to know more about how to winter-proof your ride.
Written by the staff at KB Tire & Auto. KB Tire & Auto is the leading expert in tires Moberly MO has to offer.