Winter weather can put serious demands on your car. Is your vehicle ready to face the season? Get ready for driving in winter weather conditions with these three steps.
Top Off Your Fluid Levels
Antifreeze is absolutely essential for your car during cold weather. Without it, you can experience an engine freeze, which could leave you stranded on the side of the road. As temperatures start to fall, make sure your car has a full supply of antifreeze. If it doesn’t, get it topped up by your mechanic. In addition to antifreeze, you should also check your engine coolant levels. Engine coolant plays an important part in keeping your car running smoothly even when temperatures outside are freezing. Lastly, check your engine oil. If it is time for an oil change, ask your mechanic to switch to an oil with lower viscosity, which is a better fit for cold weather driving.
Check Your Tire Tread
Tire tread is always important to the safety of your vehicle, but it becomes especially significant in winter, when additional traction may be needed on snowy and icy roads. The simplest way to check your tire tread is to put a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing downward. If you can see his full head, you may need new tires. If you will be driving in snowy conditions often, you may want to consider putting winter tires on your car, which have additional traction for increased safety.
Change to Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid
During winter, your usual windshield wiper fluid won’t work, simply because it will freeze as it hits the cold glass. Winter windshield wiper fluid is designed so that it doesn’t freeze, and it has an extra ingredient that loosens ice and snow.
Repair Dynamics can help you get your car ready for winter with comprehensive maintenance and repair services. Whether you need an oil change or serious auto repair in Steamboat Springs, CO, call Repair Dynamics at (970) 879-3232.