When you are driving in winter conditions, you should take extra caution when driving to keep you and the other drivers safe. There are some other things you need to start doing to ensure your car remains in peak condition and performance during the winter. Follow these tips to keep your car going during the harsh climates to save you time and money!
Keep Your Windows Clean
Everytime it snows, you should always clear your windows. If you can’t see properly, you have a higher risk of causing an accident. If there is ice on your windows, use an ice scraper instead of relying on your windshield washer and wipers to ensure you clear every inch of ice.
When you are driving during the winter, mud and slush will get kicked up onto your windshield from the cars in front of you. Make sure your windshield washer fluid is always filled since you will be using it a lot.
Check Your Tires
Before you take off or put on your snow tires, inspect them to see how they are holding up. If you do need to replace them, don’t wait for them to wear out completely. Snow tires are specifically designed from rubber compounds to help grip to the ice and snow which gives you better traction.
If you let them wear out too much, you may start skidding out of control which could result in an accident. Always check each tire’s air levels before putting them on your car for the winter to make sure they are properly inflated. Keep an eye on their levels during the winter, too. Cold air could negatively affect the air pressure in the tires.
Healthy Battery = Happy Car
Your battery is the life support for your car, if it’s not in a working condition, you won’t be driving very far. In cold temperatures, your battery only runs at half the power as it does when it’s warm outside. If you have a battery that is older than five years, you should see if you need to replace it by either checking the charge yourself, or bringing it to an auto shop to get it professionally tested. Sometimes your battery may just need to be recharged, but if it’s worn out or defective you will need to get it replaced.
Check Your Wiper Blades
If you notice that your wiper blades are leaving streaks or is missing a good chunk of snow when you are trying to wipe it off, you will have to think about replacing your wiper blades. Most top end wiper blades will only last for about six months before they start to lose their effectiveness. Although you can expand your wipers lifespan by cleaning them with a paper towel and glass cleaner, it’s not wise to do that in the winter. Most blades are inexpensive enough to change twice a year, and they are all easy to install.