With winter coming, it’s important to remember the steps you must take to make sure your car is ready for the upcoming cold and frigid months. It’s important to remember that the cold weather can be as rough on your car as it on your body, so we’re here to offer Boise Toyota drivers tips on how to Winterize a car.
The first important thing to take care of before the snow starts falling and everything turns to ice is to make sure your engine is filled with all the proper fluids. Engines are greatly affected by the dropping temperatures, so it’s important to make sure you are using the proper oil and coolant to keep things running smoothly.
You Can’t Stop the Winter but You Can Better Prepare for It
During the winter months, the road can become very icy and slippery, making for dangerous driving conditions. Unfortunately, we can’t put our lives on hold for weather, but we can make it easier to get where we need to go. Putting snow tires or all-season tires on your car can make for a much safer and easier driving experience.
Another important part of your car to winterize is the battery. Your batter capacity gets reduced by the cold weather, so it’s important to make sure there are no cracks or brakes in the battery cables, all the terminals fit tightly and the fluids are all filled. Make sure to also check the manufacturer date and the level of charge.
Freezing is one of the biggest problems we encounter during the winter, especially in the windshield and door locks. To make sure your windshield doesn’t freeze when having to clean it, use a washer fluid with antifreeze. For frozen door locks, you can use warm water, but if you don’t have access to it, plenty of places sell glycerine, which will easily de-ice your locks.
Finally, consider putting an emergency kit in your car filled with flares, a blanket, boots, a radio, engine oil, washer fluid, coolant and a flashlight. Scary things can happen in the winter, and having an emergency kit on hand will ensure that you and your passengers will be ok in any situation.
For more information on winterizing your car, feel free to browse our website or give us a call at 888-501-2426.
This post was authored by Peterson Toyota.