How To Winterize Your Car, These 10 Tips Can Help

October has arrived and it seems that overnight Summer has come to an end and before you know it Winter will have arrived.  To ensure you are safe on your commute it is time to winterize your car, here are some tips for just that task.

Winterize Your Car

Check Your Battery

When the weather gets cold, batteries tend to bite the dust! You can check the condition of the battery, starting and entire charging system with a computerized battery tester.  Besides testing voltage, a computerized battery tester checks for internal resistance and conductance, giving you a good idea of the battery’s overall condition.

Keep an emergency kit in your car.

It’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car in case of the unexpected. The list might include: a flash light, bottled water, a first aid kit, some non-perishable food and jumper cables.

Fill Up Fluids

Your vehicle runs on multiple fluids that should be checked, topped up, or changed in preparation for the chilly season.

Make sure that your gas tank is at least half full when you’re driving, since idling times  tend to be higher in the wintertime. Top off your windshield washer fluid and your engine coolant as well.

Check your tire pressure and consider snow tires.

Improperly inflated tires will not give you the maximum amount of contact between your tires and the road – this can be dangerous in the wintertime, when traction is already poor due to snow, ice, and slush. What’s more, low temperatures can cause a drop in air pressure in our tires.

Make sure your wiper blades work.

This small investment can make a world of difference in a winter storm. Be sure you get good wiper blades that can withstand the weather here in BC!

Check tire tread.

This is something else that should be done regularly — checking tire tread.

Have the brakes checked.

Nothing can be as serious as brakes that fail – especially during winter! This task will increase your chance of getting there safely.

Check Your Lights

Inspect your headlights, taillights, and your turn signal to be sure that they’re all in proper working order, replacing broken or burnt out bulbs.

If you’re due for a tune up, make sure you get it done by winter!

Cold weather can magnify any existing issues with your car, and can lead to costly repairs. Be sure to take your car to a reputable repair shop to have a tune up done.

Make sure heaters and defrosters are working.

This sounds like a given, but it makes sense to check them before you get in a storm or go out into extremely cold weather. You might also want to check your tail lights to be sure those are working for your safety, too.

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