You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:
Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil before, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir…you’ ...[more]
Driving in Winter: Always Be Prepared
Driving conditions are always unpredictable. However, winter care emergencies and weather-related accidents and delays can keep you stranded in the cold for hours.
Thats why its good to prepare a winter emergency kit. If you breakdown, have an accident, face a long delay or just have to wait for roadside assistance, these items will be good to have at your disposal:
- Cell Phone: Probably the most important item in your kit.
- Bag of sand, salt or cat litter: You can use this under your tires for better traction.
- Shovel: In case you need to remove snow from around your tires.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
- Lighter or waterproof matches.
- Non-perishable food: Try items such as high-energy protein bars or a nut and raisin ...[more]
Preparing for Old Man Winter: A Winter Checklist
When driving in extreme cold, your car needs winter car care to ensure that it will start and keep you going through harsh weather conditions.
Autumn is the perfect time to get your car ready for cold weather driving. Because storms and cold weather can hit at any time, here is a basic winter checklist of items that, at a minimum, will keep you and your car driving throughout the season of ice and snow.
Also, be sure to check out our winter driving tips, as well as your owners manual for any other manufacturers recommendations and other car inspections or maintenance schedules. The list below provides a basic list of what to check in preparation for winter. See your Tire Source auto repair shop locations for a comprehensive vehicle review.