On a cold Monday morning in winter after a snowstorm, you get into your vehicle and are going to drive off to work. The engine’s a little bit sluggish today, but you do not pay attention to it to a stop sign before keeping driving — it generally is during the winter, but the aged heap’s never let you down, right? What could probably go wrong?
In this article, we lay out the top five tips for getting your car through the winter and staying safe out there during tough road conditions. For more details of how to maintain your car and car parts, please keep reading.
Tip One: Keep Emergency Kits Inside Your Car
Flashlights and flares are helpful if you’re stuck on the road late at night when visibility levels are low. Even if you’re wearing a coat, an extra pair of gloves, boots or even a blanket can keep you warm and dry if your heating unit isn’t working properly.
Tip Two: Ensure Your 4-Wheel Drive Works Properly
Remember, having a 4WD system doesn’t mean you can drive figure eights around icy parking lots or drive faster than you normally would in a regular car. 4WD can improve your SUV’s traction on snow and ice from a stationary position, but it doesn’t make your tires grip the pavement any better when you brake.
Tip Three: Check Your Vehicle’s Belts and Hoses
Cold temperatures can weaken belts and hoses, and if something snaps or breaks while you’re out on the road, a tow truck will be the only way to get moving again.
Tip Four: Check Your Oil and Oil Viscosity
our owner’s manual should tell you the ideal type of oil you should use, and it also might specifically suggest a thinner oil type depending on the season. Remember, most technicians recommend that you change your oil every 3,000 miles or once every three months.
Tip One: Check Your Car’s Battery
Car batteries last for about three to five years, so it’s best to keep track of how old yours is. If it’s time to get a new one, you can replace it in the fall when batteries typically go on sale. Winter months are tough on your engine and cause it to work harder, and this puts more pressure on the battery.