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.