Winter has arrived. Whether you're excited for the cold climate or dreading it, you still have to be prepared. Is your car ready for the cold temps?
To keep your Battery up to par during the cold weather, you can perform a volt test before winter starts to make sure it's in good working order. If it's not, you'll probably want to consider a new battery before the cold weather hits so you're not stranded somewhere with a car that won't start in the low temps.
Incredibly important during the cold weather, you'll want to make sure your car isn't low on coolant and check for leaks before heading into winter. Many mechanics recommend a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water in their radiators, because it results in a lower freezing point than just coolant.
Winter tires are a must in areas where tempuratures can drop below 45 degrees. They not only provide better traction in bad weather, but are capable of staying flexible at low tempuratures. Also, keep an eye on your tire pressure. As tempuratures lower, the pressure can drop causing wear and tear on your tires. If you check your tire pressure and find you need more air for the colder tempuratures, always remember to monitor them in the spring as well. You may have to let out some of the air again when tempuratures start to rise.
Although you monitor you car and keep it ready for winter, emergency situations can always happen unexpectedly. A few items to make sure you carry with you are a thick blanket, a first aid kit, a knife, a flashlight, jumper cables, an ice scraper and a cell phone charger. You never know when you might get stuck on the side of the road in a snow storm and have to wait it out or call for help.
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