Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to get your car ready for all the wind, snow, and ice that’s coming your way. Driving on slick and frozen roads is much different from summertime driving. If you don’t make any adjustments to your vehicle before the weather turns, then you’re putting yourself and others at risk. Consider these five upgrades to prepare your vehicle for the dangers of winter driving.
Buy Winter Fluids
Normal brake and windshield fluid are not designed to withstand the sustained freezing temperatures of a northern winter. The brake fluids are at risk of filling with harmful water molecules, while the windshield wiper fluids are liable to freeze. By replacing your car’s fluids with special winter formulas, you ensure that your brakes and wipers will work until the arrival of spring.
Install Winter Tires
If you live in an area with considerable amounts of ice and snow, you might want to invest in a set of winter tires. With their increased traction, winter tires provide a driver more control. They also make it easier to stop and change directions on slippery roads. Visit your local tire dealers to see about making the upgrade.
Buy and Install New Wiper Blades
Your windshield wipers are always important, but they’re especially crucial during the winter. All the precipitation means the wipers will need to work harder than ever. What’s more, the muddy, sand-treated roads will dirty your windshield. Instead of asking your worn-down, tired wiper blades to pull through such a difficult season, install a new set of blades before winter hits.
Test and (if Necessary) Replace Your Battery
The cold temperatures of winter thicken the motor oil in your car, which in turn makes the engine and battery work harder. This means that batteries are prone to failing in the middle of the snowy season. In order to avoid an unexpected failure, you should get your battery tested. If the technician detects some minor problems, then a replacement is in order.
Inspect and (if Necessary) Replace Your Brakes
While functioning brakes are always a must, the stakes become even higher in slippery conditions. Investing in an inspection before the winter is crucial if you want your vehicle to be safe.
As you buckle down for winter, don’t forget to take proper care of your vehicle. Driving in wintry conditions is not an easy task, and you want to be sure your car is up for the challenge.