Summer has come and gone.
Now we have somehow found ourselves deep into fall already. While the northern states of the U.S. begin to feel the traditional November snowfall, we figured it would be smart to review a few of the ways one can prepare their cars for winter weather.
All you have to do is follow these 3 simple steps to prepare your car for the treachery imminently approaching this season.
Make sure your battery is strong, and that the terminals are connected securely. Cold weather is hard on a car’s battery, and a battery that hasn’t been changed in 4-5 years can be due for a replacement. If your car takes a few seconds to start in the morning, that’s a good sign that it’s time to get it changed. Also, make sure the connections are clean and tightened securely. If you notice battery acid or dirt on the terminals, you should disconnect the wires, clean up the mess with a wire brush, and then re-connect the battery to your car, tightening the clamps securely.
2. Windshield Wiper Blades
Make sure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition and that your car is topped up with low-temperature windshield washer fluid. If the wiper blades are cracked or worn, or the windshield washer fluid is low, it may be time to visit the local auto parts store.
Check your tire pressure and tire tread. If your tires are worn out or your tire pressure is too low, you can have a difficult time driving in rain and snow. To ensure that you have the best possible traction, examine the tread on all four tires, and use the “quarter test”. If you insert a quarter into a groove and the tread doesn’t reach Washington’s head, then you should consider getting the tire replaced. To ensure that your tires have the right pressure, simply consult your vehicle owner’s manual or the door jamb on the driver door. Most gas stations have air compressors with pressure gauges that will tell you how much pressure is in your tires.