Tips for Winterizing Your Car

Tips for Winterizing Your Car

Driving conditions during the winter can be quite dangerous. Learning how to drive in winter conditions (i.e. on snowy and/ or icy roads) and practicing your driving skills is imperative. It is essential to make sure your car is properly equipped to safely drive during the winter. Below are several tips and recommendations to ensure your car is adequately prepared for driving in the winter. 

Switch Your Tires

While all-season tires can be used during the winter, they will not necessarily provide you with the maximum performance you may require to manage the elements during the winter months. If you plan on driving your vehicle in a location that experiences extremely cold winter temperatures it is best to install winter tires on your car. Winter tires use specialized, engineered rubber that does not harden in cold temperatures. This provides ample traction when driving on snow, slush, and ice.

Regularly Check Tire Pressure During The Winter

Cold weather can alter the air pressure in your tires. Make sure your tires maintain the recommended amount of air, and refill as needed. Newer vehicles will have a sticker on the doorframe of the driver’s side car door. Older cars will have information regarding the proper PSI (pounds per square foot) in the owner’s manual.

Change Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers should be changed every six to twelve months. Old blades can result in squeaking, streaking, and obstructed vision. Changing your windshield wipers to winter-ready blades can help you avoid driving in the winter with blades that do not preform well. 

Keep Washer Fluid Full

The use of windshield washer fluid increases during the winter, as a single snowstorm can exhaust an excessive amount of fluid. Make sure you use windshield washer fluid designed for use during winter conditions. If your washer fluid is meant for warmer temperatures (or you are unsure) it is best to add a bottle of washer fluid antifreeze to the reservoir. 

Have Ample Gas In Your Tank

Depending on how low temperatures drop, it is possible for the gas in your tank to freeze. To avoid freezing the gas in your tank, keep your gas tank filled at least half way, at all times. Additionally, in the event that you are stranded, having gas in your tank will enable your engine to continue running and provide you with heat until assistance arrives.

Check Your Battery

Severe winter weather conditions can affect the battery in your car.  Make sure you car battery is properly functioning. Extreme temperatures can corrode the connections between your battery and other components of your car. 

Check Your Brakes

Before the winter months begin it is best to make sure your brakes are in tiptop shape. Refill your brake fluid, if necessary. If your brakes are making any noises, check your brake pads and make sure they do not need to be replaced. 

Prevent Freeze-ups

The temperatures can plummet quickly in the winter, which can lead to freezing doors and trunks. Avoid getting locked out of your car and freeze-ups by lubricating the locks of your doors and trunk with a silicone spray or door-lock lubricant. If your car doors or trunk do freeze during the winter, you can use a lock antifreeze product to quickly thaw them.

Always Have Your Winter Safety Kit

It is always best to be prepared for the unexpected, especially when driving in the winter. Make sure you have a winter safety kit in your vehicle in case of emergency. A winter safety kit should include, at the very least, the following: matches, a first aid kit, water, non-perishable snacks, flares, a working flashlight, an ice scraper, a set of warm clothing, jumper cables, a shovel, and extra antifreeze.

Further Information

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