7 Simple Winter Car Care Tips

How often do we walk out on an icy cold morning and find ourselves dropping blocks of ice off of our car's roof and shoveling snow that has consumed it? Once you finally get your car free of the snow, your car won't start because the cold has frozen its insides.

Below, we have listed 7 simple winter car care tips to help you beat most of the problems our cars face in the coldest months.

Preparatory Check-Up

While this tip is not limited to the winter season, having car trouble is much worse in winter than in the summer. Imagine your car breaking down in a remote place, and you don't have the heater to keep you warm. Help can take longer to arrive as well. Therefore, take your car for a complete health check-up right before the winter hits to ensure every component is in working condition.

Warm Up Your Car

Warming up your car before driving off is an important point that has been around for ages. However, with technological advancements, cars do not need to warm up like they used to. Still, it's a measure that is recommended for extreme winters as the oil takes longer to heat up and move around freely.

Install Winter Tires

Even if there is nothing wrong with your car mechanically, it will not move as you want it to if it doesn't have a firm grip. Normal tires are less effective in winters because they don't have the right construction to withstand the temperature change or provide you with traction. So, you should install winter/snow tires before the first snowfall to maintain control of your car on icy roads.

Check Your Fluids

All fluids are important in winter to avoid possible problems. Wiper fluid helps you maintain visibility during blizzards, while brake fluid is necessary to slow down your vehicle at necessary times. Most importantly, you should fill up your radiator with anti-freezing fluid that will keep your engine from stalling. Engine oil and fuel are two fluids that are vital no matter the season, but it's best to check them to keep your drive uninterrupted.

Monitor Battery Health

Batteries take a significant hit in winters because the cold temperature keeps your RPM low. This causes the battery to operate without being recharged at the same rate. If your battery life is low, it might not last the entire winter season. It's best to get your battery health checked before the winter season or replace it with a new one.

Monitor Tire Pressure

The air in your car's tire has the same impact due to cold temperature as the general air. The air in your tire compresses during winters, causing the tire pressure to decrease. This can harm your driving and can be dangerous. Therefore, monitor your tire pressure frequently to ensure it is on point.

Ensure Your Headlights and Fog Lamps Are Working

Apart from the cold, the restriction in vision due to storms and fog can be dangerous for you. But you can find your way around this easily by ensuring your lights are in full effect. More than the headlights, fog lamps are extremely efficient in increasing your visibility. You can get fog lamps installed if your car doesn't have them (make sure it supports them, though).



 
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