How To Winterize Your Car

How To Winterize Your Car

Winter is coming, folks. The temperatures have started to drop and the precipitation is slowly getting more serious. It won’t be long before we’re encountering slick roads, snowy driveways, and ice on our windshields. One way to make the transition a little safer and easier is to winterize your car BEFORE the tough part of winter sets in. Today we’re showing you how.

How To Winterize Your Car

  • Check Your Battery. One of the very worst things to happen in the winter is to find yourself in a snowy parking lot after dark… with a dead battery. Having a mechanic run a battery test is an easy way to see if your battery is running efficiently. A mechanic can also check for corrosion and functionality of the posts and connections.
  • Wiper Maintenance. Replacing your wiper blades is cheap and easy. Head to an auto supply store and find a set of wiper blades that are new and effective. Don’t forget your rear wiper if you have one! Buy a gallon of wiper fluid while you’re at it and top off your fluids.
  • Tires. Start with your tread. Is it worn thin? Then it won’t effectively grip the roads. Also be sure that your tires are properly inflated. If you live in a particularly snowy climate it might be time to consider snow tires or chains.
  • Antifreeze. Your radiator should be 50/50 water and antifreeze. It’s time to check the radiator and replenish the fluids so that you’re prepared when the temperature drops below freezing.
  • Restock Your Vehicle. Get jumper cables to help yourself and others in the event of a stranded dead battery. Throw in heavy gloves, a jacket, a blanket, clean water, and toilet paper just in case.
  • Buy Ice Gear. Get a new ice scraper with a brush attachment for cleaning your car. Invest in nice gloves and store them in an easily accessible spot for cleaning snow and ice off your car when the temperatures dip.
  • Test the Heat. You don’t want to wait for the first day of heavy snow to realize that your car’s heating system isn’t up to snuff. Test it out now, running it as hot as possible and seeing how long it takes to get warm and exactly how warm it’s getting. Take it for repair if it seems a little cool.

These steps are simple, but make a huge difference when winter unexpectedly arrives, as it often does in Utah. Keeping your car ready for winter is smart – and comfortable. 

   

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