The winter season is often rough on motor vehicles: the low temperatures, snow, ice, and long periods of inactivity toll a car. Frozen fuel lines, low pressure in tires, and frozen windshield wipers are just some of the common problems car owners face in the cold months.
With some preparation, you can keep your car in good shape and stay safe on the roads during the winter season. Prevention is always better than cure. If you can take the steps outlined in this article, you will protect your car from wear and tear caused by icy temperatures.
Get New Tires
Driving conditions in the winter aren't the best, as ice and snow make roads slippery. Driving with worn-out tires is a safety hazard. Get new tires. Better yet, get winter tires. Their treads run deeper, which gives them better traction on the road. If temperatures dip below 45 degrees, you should change to winter tires.
Remember to check the pressure too. With every 10 degrees drop in pressure, tires lose a pound of pressure. Underinflated tires have poor traction because the treads wear out prematurely.
Replace Windscreen Wipers
Wipers may break or get stuck in the cold. It's never a bad idea to get new windscreen wiper blades and fluid when the cold season arrives. To prevent them from getting stuck on the windscreen overnight, leave the wipers in an upright position.
Check The Headlights
Poor visibility is standard in the wintertime. Ensure your headlights function well and cast a visible light that other vehicles can see. Consider getting fog lights if the car's headlamps aren't powerful enough.
Check Weather And Routes
It always helps to check the weather forecast and determine the driving situation on different routes. Plan to steer clear of pile-ups and other avoidable accidents. Drive slowly and remain mindful of your surroundings. Poor visibility and slippery roads increase the chance of accidents, but if you're careful, you can stay safe on the roads.
Protect Your Car From The Cold
Bring your vehicle into Springdale Automotive today if you're due for car maintenance to get ready for the colder months!