Winter Car Care
- Check your battery.
Cold weather reduces your battery's ability to produce power, so make sure that it can maintain a full charge.
Check your windshield wipers and refill your windshield washer fluid.
Visibility is important, so replace your wipers if they are worn, or leaving streaks on your windshield, and use a windshield washer fluid that has a lower freezing temperature.
Check your tire treads depths and consider snow tires.
Consider replacing your all-season tires with snow tires, or at a minimum, ensure that the treads on your tires have sufficient depth to provide your car with traction in snowy conditions.
Check your tire pressure.
Cold weather causes the air pressure in your tires to drop, which could affect your road traction, so keep your tires inflated during the winter.
Check your antifreeze.
The anti-freeze to water mixture should be about fifty/fifty, to prevent the coolant from freezing.
Check your engine oil.
Check your engine oil level and have the oil changed if you have reached the recommended oil change interval.
Check your belts and hoses.
Cold weather causes additional stresses on the belts and hoses, so check these for signs of wear and tear and replace them if needed.
- Remember to keep your fuel tank at least half full and pack an emergency winter kit in your car.