Why Protecting Your Car in the Winter is So Important
With winter just around the corner, if you live in an area where winters are prone to snow and rough temperatures, then you’ll want to know how to protect your car in the winter. You’ll also want to know why it’s important to do so.
Early maintenance preparations are important when it comes to ensuring the running condition of your vehicle, because cold temperatures put a lot on your car. But you also want to protect the body of the car as well. If you live where there’s snow, then you also live where there’s rock-salt tossed around by snow plows after a winter storm.
While the site of the snow plow is always a welcoming site, the rock salt is not. Rock salt eats away at the paint on your car and causes rust; rust on both the body and the undercarriage of your vehicle as well. But if you follow these 10 tips you’ll know how to better protect your car this winter and in the many winter’s to come.
- Tires: One of the first things you’ll want to do before the white stuff starts falling from the sky is to weatherize your tires by investing in a set of good all-in-one tires, or actual “snow tires.”
- Coolant System: Check the fluids in your coolant system – your vehicle’s antifreeze. The last thing you want to deal with in the winter is a burst radiator hose or the need for a completely new radiator due to failure to maintain fluids.
- Engine: Check your oil. You want your engine in tip-top shape before winter comes with fresh oil and maybe even a complete oil change.
- Transmission: Have your transmission fluid checked. Your transmission system is extremely important in keeping your vehicle running smoothly.
- Emergency Preparedness: Keep an emergency kit in your car in the event of an emergency – hey, you never know. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Heating System: Maybe have the heating system checked over to ensure that it’s in top running condition, because if you live where the temps drop to below zero, you’re going to need it.
- Windshield Wipers: This is extremely important – you want to make sure that your wipers are running and that the blades are in excellent condition. Poor windshield blades can lead to a hazard during bad weather conditions, resulting in visibility issues. This can actually lead to an accident, so definitely check your windshield wiper blades.
- Storage: If you have a garage that you haven’t used for the car all summer, then now’s the time to get it ready and make room for your car before a big winter storm hits. Your garage will protect your car from snow, ice and rock-salt.
- Snow Removal: If you do not own a garage and your car is left out in the elements during a blizzard, then you want to make sure to remove snow and possible ice immediately after a storm. Or maybe even during a snow storm if you’re expecting a lot of accumulation. Failure to do so may result in a cracked windshield – ouch.
- Wash Your Car Regularly: Last but certainly not least, during those cold, harsh winter months, you’ll definitely want to wash your car regularly to keep it clean and free of any rock salt. Make sure to get those hard to reach places to avoid rust. A professional car wash will ensure all of those hard to reach places have not been missed.
One For The Road
One last tip, you should also look for any chipped paint or rust spots because if you care about that sort of thing, you’ll definitely want to repair them before winter. Snow, ice and rock salt will make those chipped paint spots and rust spots worse before winter is over. So get started now, before that first big snow storm of the season hits.