Winter can be brutal to vehicles. Though you may not live in an area with frequent snow and ice, lower temperatures can still have a negative effect. You also may travel to areas with ice and snow, and will need to be prepared. To ensure that your car remains protected, practice these winter car tips.
The sun sets earlier in the winter, so you need preparation for more night driving. Make sure to check your headlights, taillights, and blinkers for functionality and burnt out bulbs. If your headlights appear dirty, make sure to clean them.
A battery may struggle to operate in colder weather. This means that a battery weakened through the summer could fail entirely once the temperature drops. Have a volt test done to determine the viability of your current battery.
Ironically enough, antifreeze becomes critically important throughout the winter. This fluid preserves your engine from freezing in extreme weather. Check to make sure your engine has enough, and also look underneath your car for possible leaks. If you suspect your car has a leak, take it in for service.
There’s a good chance that your tires suffered a fair bit throughout the summer. Before winter descends, you’ll want to check your tires for tread wear or other signs of damage. If your tires appear compromised in any way, have them replaced as soon as possible.