During the winter months, car ownership can have several challenges. Icy roads, freezing temperatures and heavy snow can take its toll on vehicles. There are a few things to key in on to make sure that your car stays in great condition all winter.
- Battery. When the weather gets colder, batteries fail more often than in the summer months. A battery that is weak in the summer can just go dead during the winter cold. You should have a volt test done on your battery before the winter season to make sure its in good working condition. Its a terrible thing to get stranded somewhere cold with a vehicle that won’t start.
- Antifreeze Coolant: Check your coolant level and make sure that you have enough antifreeze to water ratio.
- Gas and Windshield Washer Fluid- keep full at all times during the winter season.
- Tires. Anywhere where the temperature drops below 40 degrees, you should be running winter tires. They are more flexible in low temperaturs and can provide better traction in snow and ice.
- Survival Kit. In case you ever get stranded, especially in rural areas, this will possible save your life. Blankets, first-aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, shovel, and cell phone chargers are great items to keep stocked in your car in case of emergency.