Winter has arrived! And so has the need to bring out the sweaters, shawls, and blankets! Fans and A/c’s would not be utilized and speeds will reduce to a minimum and the heater which was tucked away in the corner of the house is now the coziest spot. Winter delicacies will be gorged upon! Whilst you get ready to face dipping temperatures with all this and more, don’t forget to prep your car as well !!
Here are some clever ways to ensure your car is winter ready!
1. Change your oil
This is something you should be doing as required but at the onset of winter, it can save you a lot of hassle. You can get it checked at your local service center or mechanic if you need to change the type of oil you use altogether.Generally, you’ll need thinner oil in the winter.
2. Check your battery
Cold temperatures mean your engine needs more current from the battery in order to start so you want to make sure the battery is well-charged Start by making sure you have enough charge left in your battery. The simplest way to check is by turning on your headlights before you start your engine. Then turn your engine on – if the lights get brighter your battery may be dying. You’ll also want to check the cables for cracks and brakes. Finally, ask your mechanic to check the battery fluid.
3. Ensure your Car is warmed up
Dipping temperatures may adversely impact the engine. A simple practice can be to switch on the engine and wait for the car to warm up functioning properly.
4. Check your defroster and heater
Always check your defroster and heater to ensure you are winter ready before you venture out. Check for air leaks around doors and windows. Leaks can allow for extra moisture that will make it seem like you have a broken defroster.
Pro tip: Shaving cream has a lot of the same ingredients as commercial de-foggers. Just spray a layer on the inside of your windows and wipe it clean. Don't leave open containers of liquid or water in your car overnight, those will evaporate and turn into fog or frost.
5. Keep your gas tank filled
The cold weather can cause condensation to form in an empty or near empty gas tank. In the winter it can freeze in your fuel lines and block the flow of gas to your engine. Not good! So keep your tank at least one fourth or half full at all times.
6. Fog Light Check
With winter comes fog and unclear roads, double check to see if your fog lights are working to avoid any mishaps while on road.
With all these tips and more keep, safe distance as roads may get slippery. Have a beautiful and safe winter!!