Prepare for the Cold by Winterizing Your Car

Winter is just around the corner, which means driving could get much more dangerous. In addition to slowing down when you’re behind the wheel, one way to stay safe on the road this year is to winterize your car. By preparing your vehicle for the winter season, you’ll be ready for ice, sleet, snow, and more; here’s how you can do it.

According to US News & World Report, you should create a winter supply box. You can customize your box to your needs, but it should contain most of the things you would put into an emergency roadside kit. For example, you should have extra blankets, a snow shovel, collapsible shovel, fresh water, and flares, among other items. A first aid kit is also a good idea for any emergencies.

Next, check your coolant/antifreeze levels. Coolant prevents your car from overheating, but in the north you’ll need to dilute coolant with antifreeze. A combination of 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water works best for most cars. Be sure that you have the proper mixture and that your coolant is full this winter.

Check your tires. Pressure dips in cold weather, so be sure your tires are inflated properly. You should also make sure that you have deep treads for good grip. If you flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tire tread, you should not be able to see above Abe’s head. If you do, you need new tires for the winter.

Additionally, you should get new wipers, check your battery charge, and be sure to switch to a winter-grade oil at you next oil change. Questions about winterizing your car? Visit Sarant Cadillac to speak to the experts.

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Antonio Centeno

Antonio Centeno is the General Manager of Sarant Cadillac, and he loves helping customers solve problems and discover the excellence Cadillac has to offer.

1 Comment

Ellie smith

I agree with the fact that one should carry an emergency kit when leaving for a destination during winter season. In an emergency situation it could be very helpful. In some regions, temperature could reach the lowest point during winter season and it could affects the performance of the car. So, vehicles should be winterize to prevent the adverse effects of the winter season. A volt test should be conducted with the battery in order to know the condition of the battery and if it is too old then it should be replaced with a new one.

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