As we get into winter, it’s important to know how to take care of your car in the cold weather. Follow these winter car care tips so your vehicle will make it through the season in good condition.
If you aren’t already up to date on your service schedule, get up to date. Oil changes, fluid flushes, battery inspection—the whole nine yards—get that stuff done before it gets really cold, or you may regret it if your car suddenly stops running right.
Consider whether you need winter tires. Do you live in an area with heavy snowfall and lots of icy patches? If you do, you might want to consider switching. If not, all-season tires will probably work fine for you.
Throughout the season, as snow builds up on your car, keep an eye out for snow covering your head- and taillights. Being clearly visible and able to see other cars is more important than ever in the winter. You should also regularly clean the underside of your car, as salt builds up and can cause rusting.
Keep an eye on your coolant levels and tire pressure. Coolant keeps your car parts from freezing in the winter, so it’s vital to your car’s health, and cool air decreases tire pressure.
Make sure you have an emergency kit filled with things you need, and check on it occasionally to make sure none of your food has spoiled. If you have a throwaway phone in case yours goes dead, check the charge every once in a while.
Taking extra care of your car in the winter is one of the biggest ways you can extend its life, so don’t neglect it!