Winter is the most harrowing season for cars. The snow and darkness make for unideal driving conditions, while the cold puts each part of your car under stress. Being prepared can go a long way toward making your winter driving experience a lot more enjoyable, even if winter weather isn’t as common in your area. You can start by checking these parts of your car:
Windshield wipers. Visibility is low in the winter, and even lower if your wipers aren’t working properly. Replace them to ensure they can clear all the moisture and snow from your windshield.
Battery. If your battery isn’t healthy, the cold makes it more likely to go flat overnight. Get it checked or replaced to avoid having to jump start your car on a frosty morning.
Defrosterand HeatingUnit. When it starts getting really cold, it becomes impossible to see outside your windshield without a working defroster. Needless to say, that’s a major safety hazard. As for the heating unit—well, you wouldn’t want to drive in the freezing cold would you?
Tire pressures. They lose about a pound of pressure for every 10 degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature, leading to reduced traction over snow and fuel economy. Because temperatures fluctuate so often in the winter, you should check these every week.
Antifreeze. Flush and refill your coolant before the winter starts while being careful to have the right mixture of water and antifreeze.
Tire tread. Too low and you’ll be lacking serious grip on the road, never mind on the snow. You may want to consider snow tires as well.