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We are supposed to have our first snow of the season this week. Are you ready for the cold? Now is the perfect time to think about prepping your homes and vehicles for the winter months! Never prepped your car before? Here is my “go-to” Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter you should be doing to make sure your vehicle is ready to tackle those chilly storms.
Change Wiper Blades
Winter is filled with unexpected snow storms. This is a good time of year to make sure those wiper blades are replaced and ready to tackle any snow storm that could come your way. Having a fresh pair will help with wipe away that snow and slush buildup and keep your windshield nice and clean.
Antifreeze is an important feature in the winter time. It will keep your engine from freezing up in the cold. One of the most important things to check on is the freeze point of your antifreeze, make sure that it fits with your climate. The last thing that you want in the early morning is a car that wont start because it is froze up.
It is not fun to try to use your washer fluid to get that debris off your windshield just to find that it is frozen. Make sure your washer fluid is winterized properly so that you can clean your windshield completely. If your washer fluid freezes it will make it nearly impossible to clean the mag chloride and such off your windshield.
Before Winter hits, it is a good idea to check the tread on your tires. Make sure you have the proper tread to get to through the snow storms safely. If not then you may want to invest into some good snow tires.
Anther thing you will want to check on during the winter months is the tire pressure. It is common for your tire pressure to drop as the cold moves in. Check them regularly to make sure they are at the manufacturer recommended pressure.
When it is cold outside, your battery drains much faster. If your battery is old, it can freeze and may not be able to stand up the the added pressure. It is a good idea to test your battery and replace it before the cold season fully hits. Any parts stores will be happy to run a test on your battery for free!
It is always a good idea to have an emergency car kit in your car. But in the winter it is even more important. It is a good idea to have an ice scraper, warm blanket, snacks and a first aide kit. Hopefully you will never need your emergency supplies but it is better to have and not need then to need and not have!
If you ended up with any cracks or chips in your windshield this summer that you have not had time to fix then you might want to get them checked out. The cold weather will make those cracks and chips spread if they are not fixed properly. Getting a crack fixed is easy since many of the windshield companies will come to you instead of you going to them.
Clean your Light Covers
The winter months are much darker. It is not uncommon for it to be dark when you leave the house and dark again when you come home. That is why it is a good idea to clean your car lights and make sure that they are in proper working order.