Is Your Car Winter-Ready?

Is Your Car Winter-Ready?

Now that Mother Nature has decided to finally show us some colder, seasonal weather you may want to start thinking about how your car will handle it this year.  If you haven’t done so already, taking some steps to winterize your vehicle may save you the stress of breaking down or sliding off the road in a vehicle that isn’t ready for the winter road conditions.

Depending on where you live and what type of commute you have each day, you will have different weather and driving conditions to contend with.  Check your vehicle’s operator manual to see what is recommended for proper winterization.  One of the most important things to check is your vehicle’s fluids.  Your engine’s coolant may need to be flushed and replaced with the right ratio of water to coolant so that it doesn’t freeze.  Usually, the proper winter coolant ratio is 60% coolant to 40% water, but definitely check your manual in case your vehicle requires a different ratio.

Secondly, considering the fact that your tires are the ones that make contact with winter’s icy surfaces, you will want to be sure they are up to the task.  Snow tires may be a good investment if you live in an area that is not plowed regularly or is prone to severe weather.  Some snow tires are made specifically for more treacherous areas by adding studs to the exterior for more traction.  Talk to your dealer to find out what type would be good for your vehicle.

Also, make sure you have a battery that is well equipped for extreme cold.  Check all your cables and the capacity level of your battery to make sure it will start your engine on those very cold mornings.

Keep a good ice scraper and some extra windshield washer fluid in your car as well so that you can always have a clear view through the windows.  Driving with an impaired view can only make it more difficult.  Stay safe out there!

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