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15 TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR CAR IN WINTERS

Those of you living in warm climates throughout the year, you’re lucky. However, for most of us, winter is a tough time for our cars. Even though proper car care is essential throughout the year, it is particularly important in the winter. During the winter months, accidents are more likely to happen, so be careful on the road.

Car buyers often decide which car to purchase based on whether it can withstand harsh weather conditions. Some car owners even own two vehicles, so they can get through the difficult months in their second vehicle. It’s important to prepare your vehicle for winter to have a longer lifespan and the amount of maintenance and repairs reduced.

To begin, let’s look at some pre-requisites for proper car care.

Pre-Requisites for car care in winter

It can be difficult to deal with winter weather, but you can survive it if you plan properly and prepare your car.

  • Have some extra clothes: Always keep warm clothing in your cars, such as gloves, scarves, hand and foot warmers, and thick socks.
  • Maintain your health: stock up on snacks and bottled water. Don’t forget to bring medications and a first-aid kit if you need them.
  • Keep connected: Stock your kit with a flashlight and extra batteries. Consider also having flares or a whistle on hand and a backup phone charger.
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15 tips to keep your car in good condition during winter

Tip 1: Replace regular tires with winter ones

how to take care of your car in the winter

Preparing your car for the cold winter months, one of the most important steps to take is ensuring your car has winter tires. You will drive much more confidently on icy roads if you have winter tires on your vehicle.

In areas where snow and ice are constant, consider installing winter tires mounted on inexpensive steel wheels. The tread life of winter tires is typically shorter, and they produce more road noise than the standard all-season tires you own. Still, they provide an extra level of safety.

Tip 2: Regularly check tire pressure

how to take care of your car in the winter

Keep your tires properly inflated even if they are in good shape. Having underinflated tires will cause them to wear out prematurely and cause them to lose traction on ice or slippery roads. Your tires will lose air if the temperature drops quickly because tire pressure decreases with temperature.

Tip 3: Make sure the battery is in good shape

how to take care of your car in the winter

Winter is a stressful time for your battery, especially if you park outside.

If you have a regular battery, unscrew the top plastic cover and look at the fluid level. (Check the owner’s manual) Add distilled water if necessary. Maintenance-free batteries are easy to check for a full charge using the window on top. Replace the battery if it’s over five years old and not performing well.

If your battery is already weak before the winter, you should replace it immediately. Perform a volt test on your current battery before winter starts to see if it is still functioning properly. If it isn’t, you have two options. You can hire a mechanic to install it for you, or you can do it yourself.

Tip 4: Keep your car clean during the winter

how to take care of your car in the winter

No doubt, the cold winter months are also accompanied by icy conditions, slush, and salt. Many people don’t even consider washing their cars during the winter or how often they should, but it is an essential part of taking care of your car during the cold winter months.   

To prevent buildup, wash and wax your car before it gets dirty. However, ongoing maintenance is necessary to prevent rust. Be sure to monitor your tires and front grille frequently for any buildup and have your car cleaned if the buildup is excessive. You can maintain a great looking vehicle this way.

Read How to wash your car at home like experts

Tip 5: Apply a protective layer 

How to take car care in winter

A coating of polymer wax can protect a car from dirt, grime, snow, and sleet. In addition, car washes with high pressure can be used after a storm to clean hard-to-reach spots such as wheels, wheel wells, and underneath the car.

Tip 6: Inspect Your Wipers

Inspect Your Wipers

When it comes to your safety, this is an important maintenance tip. It’s horrible driving on an icy day when visibility is poor, and your windscreen wiper fluid is ineffective in cold weather. Ensure that your wipers are working properly and filled with windshield wiper fluid designed for use in cold weather with de-icing abilities.

Make sure you purchase wiper blades from reputable companies like Denso, Doga and Trico

Tip 7: Always carry an emergency kit in your car   

You never know what can happen on the road, particularly if it is late at night and you are far from home. We hope it never happens to you, but in the event that it does, you’ll be glad you prepared a winter emergency kit. This kit should contain a flashlight, a blanket, non-perishable foods, jumper cables, salt or sand, and a shovel. Just in case, before long winter drives, make sure your mobile device is fully charged.  

Tip 8: Check your vehicle’s oil

Check your vehicle's oil

To make sure that your car performs well during winter, check the oil level and ensure that it has the right consistency. You should check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to ensure that you are using the correct type of oil.

Tip 9: Clean your windows

Clean your windows

You’re in danger if you can’t see out the windows. Do not try to remove ice from the windshield using your wipers or the new wiper blades. An ice scraper is a better choice on cold mornings. When parking outside, make sure your wipers are raised in the event of snowfall, so they do not stick to your windshield.

With dirt, mud, and salt residue kicked up from the road surface, your windshield washers will likely be used frequently, so ensure they are stocked with an antifreeze winter-blend washer solution.

Tip 10: Make sure your heater is working

Make sure your heater is working

 

Getting into your car is a great way to escape the cold, but it will be just as cold once in there since the heater won’t work. It will make you think, “I should have checked my heaters!” Before we get hit hard by the cold weather, make sure you have a functioning heater. As this includes your windshield defrosting system, it’s a good idea to check it out in time so that you can see the road.

Tip 11: Inspect Your Radiator

Inspect Your Radiator

If you don’t properly fill your radiator with antifreeze, it could freeze, causing a buildup, resulting in a leak or even failure of the transmission. Make sure your radiator and antifreeze are in good working order before heading out, or you can take your car to a professional.

Tip 12: Check Out Your Nethers

Check Out Your Nethers

In order to improve aerodynamics and reduce fuel consumption, modern automobiles are equipped with elaborate underbody panels and air dams that hang low.

In winter, snowdrifts can make a small problem worse by ripping off the whole panel and possibly the mounting hardware as well.

To ensure your car doesn’t get too cold under the hood, check the front to make sure no loose parts are hanging down. This may be a simple matter of repositioning. Maybe it can be fixed with duct tape or a zip tie.

Tip 13: Starting the Car in Winter

Starting the Car in Winter

In the driver’s community, there is a misconception that starting the engine early will warm it up. In the winter, how long does it take your car to warm up? The answer is not long. When you drive it, the engine warms up very quickly.

Even if you don’t drive your car every day, make sure to start it every week in order to keep it in good working condition during the warmer months.   

Tip 14: Take care of your lights

Take care of your lights

In winter, the sun sets earlier, resulting in poor visibility in the late afternoon and evening. Due to this, keep your headlights in good working order to provide maximum illumination during snow and fog. Make sure you replace faulty bulbs before getting in and out of the vehicle and clear any snow that has accumulated. Consider replacing your headlights if they are foggy or yellowish or buying a restoration kit if they are cloudy.

Tip 15: Always keep the battery charged

One of the things you should do before the really cold weather arrives is to check the battery of your vehicle and ensure it is fully charged. It’s possible you won’t even realize your battery is weak until you’re stranded in the middle of the winter without power. Therefore, it’s imperative to have your car battery checked and charged regularly during the winter.   

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