Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Cold Weather

Posted on November 4th, 2015

Winter driving can be a challenge, but you’ll increase the chances of keeping you and your family safe if your vehicle is prepared for winter conditions. Follow these tips to get your vehicle ready for winter:

1. Check your coolant levels – as it gets colder out the ratio on your engine coolant should change from a 50/50 ratio to a 60/40 ratio.

2. Check your tires or change to winter tires – you may want to invest in winter tires, or make sure your current tires are not worn out. You will also want to make sure your tire pressure is at the right level. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit drop in temperature. Underinflated tires will not cut through snow as well as ones at pressure.

3. Check your defroster – your defroster must function properly in order to drive safely in the winter. If it’s not working the repairs can be costly, but something you will have to invest in in order to be safe on the road.

4. Check your washer fluid and windshield wipers – use a good washer fluid with an antifreeze solution so it will withstand freezing temperatures. You should replace your wipers every 6-12 months depending on wear and tear.

5. Check your battery – cold temperatures mean your engine will need more current from your battery to start, so make  sure it is functioning properly and still holds a charge adequately.

6. Emergency kit – you should already be carrying one in your vehicle at all times but during the winter make sure to include a blanket, candles, matches, energy snacks and a folding shovel.

7. Oil change – It is important that your oil flows quickly through your engine when you start it to prevent damage, so you should have your oil changed to a low-viscosity oil.