Summer is giving way to fall, and in another few months, the biting cold and snow will be back with a vengeance in the northern states. Snow, Sleet, and Freezing Rain can all wreak havoc with your otherwise normal driving life, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help make sure your winter driving is as safe as your summer driving.
With just a bit of preparation, The professionals at Humes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram say that you can make sure that both you and your car are as ready as possible for whatever Old Man Winter throws your way this year. Here are 5 tips for getting your car ready for the colder months.
Carry a Winter Supply Box in your Car.
This is one of the single most important things you can do not only for your car but for your own personal safety in the event of a catastrophic breakdown in the middle of winter. Just a few items to include in your Winter Supply Box are Flashlights, Flares, a First Aid Kit, blankets, a change of warm clothes, gloves, a radio, a charged burner phone in case you need to call for help and yours is dead.
Check your Car’s Coolant Levels
Antifreeze is a modern miracle that helps your car freeze during those times of year when you feel like you are. A Kit for checking your levels is available at any auto parts store and can help to eliminate major problems before they become gigantic issues.
Check Tire Pressure and Tread Depth
You can check pressures with a simple gauge and make sure that all pressures are within safe operating range according to your manual. You can do something called the “Lincoln Test” if you’re unsure about tread depth. Simply take a penny, and stick it into the deepest groove and if you can still see all of Lincoln’s head then you need to go and have them changed before winter.
Use winterized Wiper Fluid
There are generally two kinds of washer fluid. Available at the store, the standard, and the cold weather blend. The cold weather blend has various alcohols added too it in order to make it not ice up on your windshield. The alcohol has a lower freezing point than water meaning that you’ll have extra time to pull over Because driving without lights on is extremely dangerous.
Switch to a Winter Grade Oil at your next Change
Oil thickens as it gets colder, so in colder months you want a thinner oil. If you use 10w-30 in the summer consider a 5x-30 in the winter. This helps keep your lubrication flowing and makes sure your engine doesn’t seize.
These are just a few things you can do to make sure you’re prepared for driving in the colder months. All it takes is a bit of preparation to make sure you and your family are safe until spring arrives.