The winter months can be brutal in Connecticut, so it’s important to make sure your car is ready for freezing temperatures, snow storms and other winter weather. Whether you have an older car or a brand new one, cold and adverse weather can take a toll on your vehicle. Keep the following winter car care tips in mind, and you should be able to drive your car safely all season long.
Check Your Tire Pressure
This is one of the most important things to check on your car during winter. Colder temperatures lead to lower pressure in your tires, which can affect your car’s safety. Low pressure can result in more wear and tear and makes it more difficult for your tires to handle slippery roads. You could also end up having tread separation that increases your risk of being in a collision. Make a habit of checking your tire pressure on a regular basis in winter, and fill them up if they get low.
Check Coolant Levels
If your car is low on coolant, your engine could freeze up on you. Check your car’s coolant level, and fill it up if needed. Keep in mind that your car can lose coolant if your engine has any leaks, so check for those while you’re at it. Consider putting 50 percent coolant and 50 percent water in your car, which should give it a lower freezing point and reduce the risk of having it freeze this winter.
Test Your Battery
Do you know what shape your car’s battery is in? If it’s not in good condition, you might find out the hard way during winter if it dies on you. Car batteries have to work a lot harder when it’s cold out, so it’s wise to have your battery tested. If your battery is in bad shape, replace it before winter starts.
Check the Defroster and Washer Fluid
Keeping your windows free of ice, slush and snow is essential for safe driving in winter. Check your car’s defroster to make sure it’s working right, so you won’t end up with icy windows. Check the amount of washer fluid your car has and fill it up if needed. This helps ensure that you’ll be able to clear away slush from your windshield while you’re driving.
Change Your Tires
Since temperatures tend to drop to freezing or below in Connecticut during winter, switching to winter or snow tires is a good move. These tires are made to handle freezing road surfaces more effectively than regular tires.
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