Monday, December 4, 2017

Getting your car ready for Winter

When you are traveling this winter to spend festive times with family and friends you need to know how to stay safe. Sometimes we get so excited to see our family, especially if it is someone we haven’t seen in a while. Throw in excited kids and it can be chaos. Your kids will probably be jazzed to see what their grandparents or aunts and uncles got them. They may be bouncing around the car. If you have a baby, you may deal with crying or fussiness. Driving in the winter can become a challenge. You need to take some steps to make sure you arrive safely to your destination. 

Make sure you get an oil change, request the right oil for your used car and the weather. You can look at your manual or ask for recommendations at the shop.

Inspect your tires. Check the tread and make sure it isn’t worn and free from bubbles or leaks. Check your tire pressure. Do not rely on your car to monitor it. A few minutes using a good old fashioned tire gauge can help. 

If you want to use snow tires get them put on ASAP. Don’t wait until the weather turns, it will cause delays and a long wait at the tire shop. 

Change your windshield wiper blades if it has been a while, check and make sure you have plenty of fluid. Not being able to see can be really dangerous. 

Have a car safety kit that you can access full of food, water, flashlights, blankets and tools. Jumper cables are also important. Cat litter is great for traction if you get stuck.

Check your heat and make sure it is working well. If it isn’t working right, don’t put it off. I know car repairs are annoying but you really need to stay warm. Make sure your antifreeze levels are right. 

Fix any window issues. Sometimes your windows can come off track and bring the elements inside the car. Driving in the winter with snow coming in is not fun at all. 

Have a plan in case you get stranded, who will you call, do you have road side assistance? 

Make sure you have gas, if your gas runs too low, your gas lines can freeze or your car may have trouble starting. 

I hope these tips help you prepare your car for this winter.

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