Getting your Car ready for the Winter
It’s almost that time of year again, when the snow starts to fall and the temperatures start to plummet. We’re talking of course about winter. Driving in the wintertime is drastically different from driving in the summer, and now is the best time to start preparing your vehicle for the long winter ahead. The weather is getting colder already, and now that the kids have gone back to school it’s the perfect time to start looking into getting your car ready for the colder weather. Here are a few things you can do today to ensure safer driving in the wintertime.
Take your Car in for a Winter Inspection
Taking your vehicle in for an inspection is important all throughout the year, but it’s especially important leading up to the colder winter months. When you take your car in for a complete winter inspection, it focuses on the aspects of your car that are likely to be most affected in the colder weather. Your brakes, battery, fluids, filters, exhaust system, radiator, tires, and ignition system are all tested during a winter inspection, along with anything else that is vital. After the inspection is complete, all of these components of your car will be in check and in proper condition, meaning your car is going to be safer to drive in the winter time.
Put your Winter Tires on
All-season tires are not bad at all under some winter conditions, but there is nothing like real winter tires for the harshest of driving conditions during the colder months. By changing your tires to winter tires, you will be making your vehicle much safer, as they are going to give you significantly better traction in snowy and slippery conditions. A good time to put your winter tires on is in the month of October, before the first big snowfall of the season.
Replace and Refill your Washer Fluid
It may be tempting to just keep using the same windshield washer fluid you’ve been using all summer, but this is not a good idea. You are going to need something appropriate for winter weather so it does not freeze in the cold temperatures. Also make sure to keep a spare jug of your winter washer fluid in your car in case you ever run out, and try to replace your windshield wipers too if you can.
Make sure your Headlights and Taillights are in check
Along with colder temperatures and snow, winter also brings shorter days. It’s going to start getting dark much earlier, meaning that you are going to be using your headlights and taillights a whole lot more. Getting your lights checked now is a good way to ensure you won’t be caught in the dark without properly working headlights or taillights come wintertime.
Hopefully, by following these tips you’ll be much better prepared for winter driving once the snow starts to fall. Stay safe!