The winter months bring all kinds of driving hazards. Whether you're driving through a snow storm, blizzard, or on black ice, navigating these roads can be very challenging. Here are a few steps you can take to winterize your vehicle and help prepare yourself for the winter months.
9 THINGS TO KEEP IN YOUR TRUNK
Here is a list of items to keep in your vehicle:
First aid kit
Windshield ice scraper
Oil and coolant
Food and water
Make sure you have a spare tire with the proper tools in your trunk. Also to prevent your keyholes from freezing shut, try using a door lock de-icer.
WHAT FLUIDS TO CHECK?
Whether you have your vehicle serviced by a mechanic or you plan on doing it yourself, here are a few things to check.
Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle requires different oil during the winter. Oil tends to thicken during the cold months, by adding thinner oil you can help combat this occurrence. Remember to properly check and maintain your oil levels throughout the entire year.
Check your vehicle's antifreeze levels prior to winter. Remember that your vehicle's driving performance may suffer if the ratio of coolant to water is not correct.
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID
Don’t forget to have your windshield washer fluid replaced before the freezing temperatures. Your windshield washer fluid will freeze in the reservoir tank if it is not replaced with fluid tolerant of subzero temperatures.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR TIRES BEFORE WINTER?
Check your tire's tread depth, and air pressure. A great tool used to test your tire’s tread, is to place a penny in your tire's groove. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it is time to purchase new tires.
Have your battery tested before winter. Many auto service stores offer this service for free. It may save you time and money down the road.
HEATERS AND VENTS
Make sure all your vents work properly. Defrost vents are vital during the winter, they prevent your windows from frosting up.
Winter driving can be unpredictable at times. It is important to drive with caution during the winter, roads can be hard to predict and even harder to handle. If you have been in an accident or you have questions about repair process, give us a call and we will be more than happy to help in any way at (320) 685-5310.
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