Tips for Winterizing Your Car

December 5th, 2019 by

Driving conditions in the winter season are hazardous due to ice and snow-covered roads. While you prepare yourself for winter driving, you also need to get your car ready for freezing temperatures. Here are some tips on how to winterize your car and travel safe this winter!

Keep the Gas Tank More Than Half Full

Condensation in the empty part of the fuel tank is one of the issues you might face in winter. This condensation can freeze and form ice in the fuel lines. This will prevent fuel from running freely to the engine and cause starting problems, so it is important to keep your gas tank more than half during winter. 

Switch to Winter Tires

If you live in a region that receives moderate to heavy snowfall, you need to change to winter tires. All-season tires are not recommended for colder temperatures due to various reasons, one being that the tread rubber of all-season tires loses flexibility in extremely cold temperatures and is not able to provide traction. This can lead to accidents during winter as the roads become slippery due to snow and ice. On the other hand, winter tires have a special rubber formulation that keeps the tread rubber soft even at sub-zero temperatures. Also, they offer better traction that makes driving safer.

Check the Battery 

Battery performance decreases with a drop in temperatures. You need the battery to be in good condition to start the engine. If the car’s battery is having some problems, there is a greater chance of a breakdown. It’s crucial to get the battery thoroughly checked by a professional and ensure that it provides 650 cold-cranking amps or more (the amount required to start a car). 

Keep the Windshield Wiper Fluid Reservoir Full 

During winter, snowstorms are frequent and it’s easy to go through your windshield wiper fluid quickly. You need to fill the reservoir frequently with fluid that does not freeze at lower temperatures. 

Maintain Tire Pressure

The drop in temperature also affects tire pressure. With every 10-degree drop in temperature, the air pressure in a tire is reduced by one PSI. If you drive the car on underinflated tires, it will lead to uneven wear and tear, lower gas mileage and poor traction. To avoid this, maintain the right tire pressure in all tires during winter. 

Check the Brakes

Though cold temperatures do not affect your brakes, you need to use them more often due to slippery road conditions. Get the brakes checked and replace any worn-out parts. Also, check the level of brake fluid and make sure it is filled to the recommended level. 

You might not know the importance of keeping your car in good condition until something goes wrong. The tips above will help prepare your car for the harsh winter season ahead and ensure you always stay safe on the road and reach your destination safely.

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