Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
Top Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle
Winter arrived early for a lot of folks in the U.S. even though the “first” day isn’t technically until December 21, 2016. As temperatures continue to drop it is important to have your vehicle ready for your everyday commute and before you embark on any road-travel plans.
- Prioritize any scheduled, routine maintenance/tune-up for your vehicle.
- Check the battery or ask to have the battery checked by your mechanic. Replacing the battery or making system repairs, including simple things like tightening the battery cable connections is important this time of year.
- Check your windshield wipers (especially the driver side), wiper fluid and defroster for all perfect working order.
- Inspect your tire pressure and age of your tires. Properly inflated tires save lives! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under-inflated tires are the leading cause of tire failure, which accounts for 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. Your vehicle manufacturer posts the recommended tire pressure on your vehicle either near the driver’s door jam, on the glove compartment door or in the owner’s manual. It is recommended that you do not inflate tires to the maximum pressure molded onto the tire’s sidewall.
Should you need to purchase new tires either due to wear or age, NHSTA recommends checking out www.safercar.gov for tire ratings. You’ll need to ensure the tread is sufficient with no uneven wear, and that the rubber is in good overall condition. It is also important to have a spare tire, ideally a full-size spare.
- Keep a car safety kit in your vehicle that includes some cold weather supplies such as; jumper cables, gloves, flare, water, blanket, extra vehicle fluids, working flashlight, basic tools, cell phone charger and an extra set of winter clothing.