Winter Car Care Tips

 

1.        Change your oil regularly Make sure that you are changing your oil at the manufacturers suggested intervals.  However as a general rule of thumb your oil should be changed every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.

2.       Check the air pressure in your tires.  As the air gets cooler pressure drops in your tires.   Including your spare tire. Maintaining your tire pressures will reward you with higher gas mileage and longer tire life.

3.       Replace worn tires and brakes.  The ability to gain traction and brake are imperative during the winter driving season.  Also check your tires for wear. 

4.       Check all belts and hoses.  As the temperature changes rubber tends to stiffen and break.  Make sure that all your rubber hoses and belts get checked.

5.       Check your battery.  Have your batter tested to make sure it is fully charged and the terminals are cleaned.

6.       Check your antifreeze levels.  Antifreeze should be flushed and refilled every two years.

7.       Check your wiper blades.  When snow, hail and ice are falling from the sky blurry vision is a distinct possibility.  Its essential to have properly functioning wiper blades and headlight alignment

8.       Remove excess snow and ice from windows and lights.  Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal in your vehicle.

9.       Keep essential tools on board.  Be sure to leave room in your vehicle for an ice scraper, de-icer, flashlight, small broom, etc.       

10.   Keep the following emergency items in your car.  Sand or salt for traction, a blanket to keep warm, Good first aid kit, extra set of dry clothing and hand warmers.