As we all know, during the chilly winter months, an automobiles’ ability to function diminishes. That’s why it’s important to be one step ahead when it comes to the condition of your vehicle. Here’s a checklist to ensure you’ll be ready for when the cold comes:
- Check the tread on your tires. Be sure to inspect the tread on your tires and rotate them during every oil change to prevent sliding on icy roads.
- Change oil and antifreeze. Perform regular maintenances to ensure your car is running at optimal performance.
- Inspect your battery. Your vehicle’s battery weakens in cold weather, be sure to hire a professional to inspect your battery’s fluid and cables.
- Switch to winter wiper blades. Regular wiper blades get packed with snow, causing it to streak or miss parts of your windshield.
- Replace cabin air filter. A clogged filter reduces airflow through your vehicle’s heater, stressing the blower motor and overheating the resistor.
- Safety absorbent. Keep a small bag of safety absorbent in your trunk, it will help you gain traction when stuck on ice.
- Warm Hat and Gloves. Keep these in your glove box for those dreadfully cold days when it’s too chilly to maintain your grip on the steering wheel. You drive best when you’re comfortable!
- Keep the garage door open while heating up your car. If the garage door is closed, your garage can run out of air; putting you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Fix your heater. Make sure your heater is working, enough said!
Driving in the winter is dangerous. Between snow reducing visibility, and slippery roads at every turn; it’s an accident waiting to happen! Run through this winter checklist for your vehicle to ensure you have the best chance of staying safe on the roads this upcoming winter season.