Between your car not starting due to a dead battery, cracks in your hoses, or leaks in your antifreeze compartment leading to bigger issues like your engine fluid freezing – the winter season exposes your car to a lot of risks.
We’ve rounded up the best tips to protect your car from being Winter’s next victim.
Have Your Battery Tested
As temperatures begin to drop, so does the capacity of your battery. If temperatures drop under 22°F, your battery can lose up to 50% of it’s functioning capacity. This may not phase batteries that are new or in mint condition, however either older batteries or batteries in poor condition could suffer exhaustion and fail to start.
Fix Any Windshield Cracks
The cold weather along with the heat inside your car can put a lot of stress on your glass windshield. Even the smallest crack in your windshield can expand, thus causing you a bigger problem.
Check Your Tires
Temperature changes of 10° or more can cause the pressure in your tires to go down, not to mention over time your tires naturally lose pressure. Luckily, most newer car models have an indicator light that comes on when one or more of your tires have low pressure. Don’t ignore it, air up your tires!
Warm Your Car Up Before Driving
Before hitting the road on those cold mornings, you should always warm your car up for a few minutes. This helps soften the fluids in your car and gets them circulating like they should. However, be careful because leaving your car idle for too long can eat up your gas… and quick!
Bring Your Water Bottles/Other Beverages Inside
Did you know that by having a water bottle in your car, you’re more likely to get frost on your windows? No one likes to take the extra time to defrost their windows before leaving for work. Lower the chance of frosty windows and bring your beverages inside!
Park in a Covered Garage or Use a Car Cover
If possible, the best way to protect your car from the winter season is to park in a private garage or covered parking garage. This not only helps with the temperature changes, but also snow, sleet, wind, and other harsh conditions. If a garage is not available to you, a car cover is a nice alternative.
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All the Best,
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