5 Tips for Caring For Your Car this Winter
Living in Oklahoma, I can’t exactly claim to be a winter driving expert, but I do have some experience driving in bad weather and on bad roads. For today’s post, I wanted to share some important safety tips for those cold, slippery days.
Dress for the Weather
I think we’re all guilty of thinking “Well, I’m just running to the store, I’ll be in and out of my car in a minute, I don’t need my coat.” But winter weather is unpredictable, and you never know when that ten-minute drive to the store is going to get a whole lot longer thanks to an accident or bad driving conditions. No matter how short your trip, dress for the weather and make your kids do so as well.
Prep your Car
Every part of your car, from the battery to the windshield wiper fluid, has a difficult time working in cold temperatures. Make sure to keep all your liquids full and check your battery and lights. If your battery seems a little weak in the summer, it could completely fail to work in the winter.
Completely Clean Your Windows
You know how sometimes you’re in a hurry and you just brush a little bit of snow off the window so you can see to drive? Don’t do that anymore. Not only do you need full visibility when you drive, but if you’re counting on the snow blowing off as you drive, that means the snow will blow onto someone else’s car. If you often park outside, invest in a good ice scraper/snow brush and completely clean your car before you start to drive.
Check the Tire Pressure
Cold weather can cause tire pressure to go down, so if your tires are already low you may have a problem. Driving around with low tire pressure could mean premature tire wear or potential tread separation, which could lead to a major accident. Also, your car handles less predictably with underinflated tires. If you check your tire pressure and find that one or more of your tires are low on air, fill them at a gas station air pump and don’t forget to let out a little air as temperatures start to climb again in the spring.
Keep the Car Clean
Taking a run through the car wash might seem silly on a cold day, but the ice and salt on the streets can cause premature rusting of your car. Give yourself a little treat and get the inside cleaned out, too. Unless, of course, you want to save the cheese crackers and cereal bits all over your floor in case of a blizzard.
You can get even more great winter car care and driving tips by visiting Autotrader.
This post was sponsored, but all ideas are my own.