Winter has arrived in full force, and if you haven’t already winterized your vehicle then you should do so quick! Changes in weather and climate don’t just affect people and animals, they also affect vehicles and can cause your vehicles to have various issues if you don’t prepare them properly. Here are some of the things that you can do to make sure that your vehicle is properly winterized so that you can depend on it even during the coldest winter days and nights.
First, make sure that you properly take care of your engine oil and use the right oil for the cold conditions. If you live in areas that get extremely cold in the wintertime (below freezing), then you will probably want to use engine oil that is thinner than your regular oil so that it won’t clump and freeze as easily. If you have any doubts about the type of oil that you should be using, talk to your local auto shop or refer to your vehicle manual so that you choose the right engine oil for the winter.
Second, make sure that you check your engine coolant and use a coolant that contains ethylene glycol so that your engine will be properly protected. Engine coolant isn’t just for cooling engines down on hot days, but it is also very important for protecting your engine from corrosion, so it is important to keep your coolant filled up during the winter months as well.
Third, make sure you have your battery inspected before the coldest weather hits, so that you will know whether or not it can last through the winter. If your battery is already having issues then it is not likely to make it through the winter, but an expert should be able to read your battery’s voltage and let you know if it is time to purchase a new battery or not. When purchasing a new battery, make sure that you check the manufacturing date and try not to ever purchase a battery that was manufactured more than six months ago. This will help to ensure that you get the longest battery life possible when you purchase a new battery.
Fourth, if you have a vehicle that isn’t ideal for snowy conditions, or if you just want to have more traction and stability in the snow, then you should consider purchasing a set of quality snow tires or all-season tires for the winter. Snow tires give your vehicle extra traction so that it is less likely to slip in slush or ice, and you can even purchase snow tires with studs if you live in the back country or at the top of slippery hills. All-season tires are also an excellent choice because they can be used both in the summer and the winter and give your vehicle some extra traction so that you can get to work more easily and safely in the snow.
Finally, you should also make sure that your windshield wipers are working properly and not missing any spots on your windshield, and always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded in the snow. As long as you are prepared you will be able to minimize your chances of having vehicle problems this winter season.