How to Winterize Your Vehicle
When the temperature drops, we need to consider how we ready our homes and vehicles. While it seems like our vehicles can adapt to just about any weather, we do need to help them along the way. A bit of TLC now can help your vehicle survive the cooler temperatures, wet roads, and seasonal hazards that come along with winter. Take a look at these useful tips on how to winterize your vehicle.
Get Your Car Ready for Winter
- Check antifreeze and cooling systems
- Before the temperatures drop significantly, take the time to drain your cooling system and add new antifreeze. Draining the car’s radiator and refilling it with new coolant should be completed at least once a year.
- Check the owner’s manual for the correct coolant level.
- Make sure the reserve tank or overflow tank fluid levels are sufficient.
- Check your tires and their pressure
- When your car’s tires are cold, check their air pressure. You will find the recommended tire pressure inside the driver’s side door or in the owner’s manual.
- Inspect your tires. Look for any areas that are excessively worn or damaged. It is best to replace worn tires before the winter season arrives.
- Inspect worn windshield wipers
- Replace worn windshield wipers that do not properly clean your windshield. Sand and salt will be more prevalent on your windshield in winter weather.
- Replace wiper fluid with a winter mixture and maintain the proper fluid level.
- Use your wiper blades to clear the glass of oils, sand, salt, and rain properly.
- Test the car battery
- Make sure the battery cables and terminals are secure and free from corrosion.
- Test the car’s battery by turning on the headlights before starting the engine. If they get brighter once you start the engine, book your vehicle in for an electrical inspection.
- If the battery is older than three years, consider replacing it.
- Pay attention to the brake pads and brake fluid
- Check the brake fluid levels and brake pads for wear and tear.
- Replace worn pads and rotors when necessary.
- Clean foggy headlights
- Make sure all lights are clean and working properly.
- Clean the exterior of lights so that they are not blurry or foggy.
- Replace headlights that are hazy or damaged as they may distort your visibility.
- Keep the tank half full
- It’s a good idea to keep your tank half full in case of emergencies.
- It also helps to prevent the gas line from freezing.
- Wash your car frequently
- Prevent road salt from damaging your car’s paint by washing your car during winter.
- To protect your vehicle from winter mud, salt, and dirt, hose off your vehicle – especially the undercarriage – frequently.
Along with these tips, make sure you:
- Slow down in poor weather or when there is reduced visibility
- Check your blind spot before turning
- Stock the car with a winter emergency kit
- Check the weather and prepare for your drive accordingly
- Secure reliable auto insurance before you hit the road this winter
Car insurance is there when you need it the most. To secure reliable coverage, contact the experts at Little & Sons Insurance Services. Serving Banning and the surrounding cities in California, we are ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.