No matter if you love the cold temperatures and snow or groan at the lack of adequate sunlight during the winter, you’ll have one less thing to worry about during the coldest months of the year if you take care of your vehicle. Before you either head out this winter or prepare yourself for a season of hibernating, take steps to protect your car to keep it running strong no matter how low the mercury may plummet.
Check Your Battery
If it gets especially cold during the winter where you live, it’s vital you take care of your battery. You may not realize it, but if the temperature falls below zero degrees Fahrenheit, your battery has about 50 percent of the starting power it has during the spring and summer. Check your battery to see that it has enough fluid or enough of a charge by peeking at the window on top of the battery. If your battery is almost five years old or more than five years old, go ahead and start saving up for and looking for a replacement with the help of Calgary mechanics; chances are that you’ll need one in the future.
Think About Getting Snow Tires
Areas that get a lot of snow may require you to have snow tires. With them, you’ll have better, more consistent contact with the road, which is sure to give you more peace of mind while behind the wheel. Winter tires are no guarantee you’ll never be involved in an accident, nor are they an excuse to engage in dangerous driving behavior. What they are is a safety precaution so you can get to where you need to go during inclement weather, and so there’s less chance of you being involved in an avoidable crash.
Keep an Eye on Your Tire Pressure
Speaking of tires, you also want to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Every 10-degree drop results in a loss of a pound per square inch of pressure in your tires. When your tires don’t have the right pressure, it can result in premature wear and tear and tire separation, either of which can lead to an unnecessary accident.
Take Care of and Replace Your Windshield Wipers
You can have a great battery and the best snow tires money can buy, but neither will do you much good if you can’t even see where you’re going. Listen to what your windshield wipers have to say when you turn them on. If you can hear them, you may need to replace them, and the same applies if they leave obstructive streaks behind. It’s easy to go longer than necessary with a poor pair of blades, but doing so can lead to an accident. Even the best and most expensive pair of windshield wiper blades is less than the cost of your insurance deductible.
Check Your Engine Coolant
It’s coolant, also known as antifreeze, that keeps your engine from freezing up in the winter. Get into the habit of checking your coolant at least once a month in the winter, looking underneath your vehicle for signs you may have a coolant leak. When shopping for coolant, look for a 50/50 blend of coolant and water. This gives you a lower engine freezing point; just make sure the coolant is designed for your engine type and the make and model of your vehicle. Mechanics who specialize in Calgary transmission repairs could point you in the right direction for which coolant is best for your specific vehicle.
Set aside some time to take proper care of your vehicle as you create your schedule this winter. A few minutes could save you a lot of money, as well as a lot of hassle later on down the road.