For much of the United States East Coast, winter weather has arrived. In fact, a lot of the East Coast had their first measurable snow fall today. Winter can take a toll on cars and it’s important to know how to protect them before you have to brush those six inches of snow off.
If you live in an area that gets a significant amount of snowfall, it’s important to have winter tires put on your car before the snow settles in. Tires do a lot of the work when it comes to winter driving and if you upkeep your tires, you can get a lot more mileage out of them. Many people do choose to go with all-season tires to cover all of their bases but winter tires have incredible snow traction. If you find yourself crossing slippery intersections and icy bridges often, snow tires are a good idea.
Fill Your Fluids
Make sure all fluids in your car are full. In the winter, we tend to use a lot more windshield wiper fluid because our windshield is dirty from the dirt, slush, and snow. Before winter weather begins, check your windshield wiper fluid to make sure it is full. You should also be checking your coolant in preparation for winter. If your coolant is low or it’s getting old, your car will not heat properly.
Swipe Your Wipers
Our windshield wipers get a good workout in the winter as they work to clean off snow, rain, sleet, and everything in between. If you’ve felt like your windshield wipers have not been giving you a clear view in recent months, you should replace them before it snows. Wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months. The winter takes a toll on our windshield wipers and we can’t risk them not working when we are in the middle of a snowstorm.
It is never a bad idea to get your car checked out by your mechanic before the winter begins. They can do a thorough inspection of your car and inform you of what you might need to replace before winter starts. Many car shops will offer inspection deals in the fall and early winter months, some even will do them for free. Call your mechanic and ask what it would cost for them to take a look at your car to prepare it for winter.