The cold is upon us – and earlier than most of us would like (I personally enjoy cold weather, so I’m glad winter is here in full-force). With the change in weather also comes the need to tend to your vehicles in a slightly different way. Here are 5 easy ways to winterize your car!
- GET WINTER TIRES Even if you already drive an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle to give you more traction during winter weather, winter tires are better than standard tires at staying flexible during cold weather, which allows you to stop and turn better on cold roadways regardless if there’s snow on the ground, or not.
- CHECK YOUR COOLANT / ANTI-FREEZE Anti-freeze helps prevent engines from freezing. A 50/50 mix of coolant and water is recommended to give the engine a lower freezing threshold.
- WAX YOUR CAR Giving your car a nice cleaning and a fresh coat of wax will help protect it from salt (the leading cause of rust on cars) and other grime and dirt on the roads.
- KEEP YOUR GAS TANK HALF-FULL It’s always better to remain prepared. Getting stuck on the side of the road in freezing temperatures with little-to-no gas is both dangerous and frustrating. Keep a half-tank of gas in your vehicle at all times so that even if you are stuck, you can at least stay warm.
- MAKE A SURVIVAL KIT The classic staples to car kits such as jumper cables, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit are always recommended, but also add in extra items that can help you fight the cold (if needbe) such as thick blankets, extra socks or shoes (in case you have to get in the snow and get wet), gloves, hand warmers, and even a thermos with water or a warm drink. It’s also a good idea to keep a shovel in the car in case you need to get yourself out of a tricky situation.