Winters have officially downed and the weather has begun to take a leap into a more chilly and brisk season against the comfortable summer months.
While it’s the time of the year you get to wear your long boots and comfy jackets, play with snow and feel the chill, driving, particularly during the winters is a challenging task.
As a driver, you need to be more vigilant, discipline,d and pay more attention to the road than ever. But before this, preparing your vehicle(s) for the winter months is important.
Check the Tires and Brakes
More than anything, the tires and the breaks of a vehicle demand maximum attention. This is because, during the winter months, your vehicle needs enough stopping power to smartly deal with the inclement weather and road conditions.
Good tires, on the other hand, help in driving the vehicle through the wintery roads as well as prevent any chances of it slipping, be it because of the presence of snow or water on the roads.
Changing summer tires for all-season tires. Keep the pressure at the level recommended by the manufacturer.
Check the Lights
The second important thing to take care of is the lights of your vehicle – headlights, taillights, emergency flashers, brake lights, and parking lights. Replace the damaged or non-functioning lights with new ones and ensure all of them are clean.
In the event of extreme fog in your part of the country, have fog lights enabled in your vehicle for the season?
Check Wiper Blades
A vehicle’s wiper blades are the third factor to consider when it comes to preparing your vehicle for the fall months.
Worn out or cracked edges of a wiper will not do any good, especially during the winter months.
They would only create a problem while driving. Hence, ensuring they are in good shape and health is vital. Check the rubber affixed to the blade. Ensure they are flexible. Clean them with a cotton cloth every now and then.
Ensure the Defrost and the Heater are Working
Neither it’s safe not advisable thing to drive a vehicle without a heater or defroster, especially during the winter months.
The reason being, a defroster, and heater prevent your windows as well the windshield from fogging up, increasing the chances of accidents. Ensure the rear and the front window defroster is in a good condition and working efficiently.
Check your vehicle’s battery
Winters are apparently a time when a vehicle’s battery does not work as efficiently as you would want it to. Have a trained mechanic inspect the battery.
If necessary, get it replaced, especially if its cable ends or terminals showcase a sign of corrosion or there are any loose connections, which may turn troublesome in the coming time.
Inspect under the hood of the car
This is precisely a smart way to identify wear and tear signs along with components that demand fixation. Check all the loose clamps, cramps as well as any leaps in the vehicle’s cooling system.
Replace the hose, in case you identify any signs of wear or tear or components that may wear out anytime. Furthermore, ensure to check the vehicle’s seat belts for frays. Replace them if needed.
Change Air and Oil Filter
The oil filter of your vehicle must be check and replaced (if need be) twice a year – one in the winter months and the second, during the summer ones. This ensures your vehicle stays in the right condition all throughout the year.
If you or your mechanic is unable to detect any light through the filter when it’s held under a 60-watt bulb, it means it’s time to replace it.
Refill cooling system
Vehicle manufacturers and professional mechanics recommend checking the coolant levels every now and then to ensure there’s no overflow, especially during the colder months. Add an equal ratio of coolant and water if the level is low. This ensures the vehicle is able to perform its own antifreeze function.
Check all fluid levels
This precisely includes checking the power steering, brakes, transmission, and washer fluids. Make each of these is maintained at a safe level. Refill the empty ones whenever needed.
Have your car washed and detailed:
While it doesn’t qualify as a precaution you must take to ensure your vehicle stays winter-fit, it’s still an important point to consider. Getting your vehicle all spiffy by cleaning it thoroughly makes it easy to find potential problems.
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