Keeping my family safe on the road is a big priority. Since we are location independent – meaning we spend time all over the country – we are constantly on the go. Even though we don’t live in a cold climate, we do travel to them.
This means we have to be prepared.
Ice, rain, snow and freezing temperatures can take a toll on your car. Taking a few steps to winterization go a long way to stay safe on slippery roads.
Top Six Tips for Winter Car Safety
1. Check Your Battery – Your probably already know that cold weather takes a toll on batteries. Your car is no exception. Now is the time to check your battery and make sure it is in good shape. Take a look at the cables, terminals and fluid and look for anything that is abnormal. If you don’t feel qualified to do this, some battery retailers will conduct a complimentary car battery assessment.
2. Change the Oil – The oil we need in Arizona in the summer isn’t the same one that is best for our car when we travel to Colorado in the winter! If you live in a cold climate, now is a good time to consider switching to a thinner, less viscous oil. When it is hot, a 10W-30 works fine. However, when temperatures drop below freezing, a thicker 5W-30 is better. Refer to your manufacturer’s manual or ask your mechanic for recommendations to get more insight as to what is best for your vehicle.
3. Update Your Engine Coolant – It is easy to forget that even though it is cold, your car can still overheat. To help protect your engine against corrosion and make sure it doesn’t overheat, talk to your car technician about changing to a coolant that has antifreeze properties. While you are getting you car looked at, make sure that all your fluids – including your window washer solution – are topped off.
4. Keep it Clean – Thanks to the toll of ice, salt, and sand on the roads, keeping up your car wash routine becomes even more important in the winter. One of your first line of defenses against winter elements is getting your car washed and waxed before the temperatures begin to drop. When temperatures rise and fall below freezing, vehicular corrosion occurs most quickly. The International Carwash Association recommends finding a car wash that is part of the WaterSavers® program. There are more than 1,500 environmentally friendly car washes worldwide enrolled in the program that meet water quality and usage standards. These car washes use 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car. To find a participating car wash near you by visiting www.washwithwatersavers.com.
5. Take Control of Tire Safety – When you live or are traveling to areas where winter means snow and ice, checking your tires is critical to safety. Your tires need to have adequate tread to grip the road. Try the penny test to easily see if you need to invest in new tires. Simply hold a penny head down in the center tread. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, you have less than 2/32-inch tread, and it is time for new tires. You should also make sure that your tires are properly inflated. This will ensure optimum handling, safety and fuel efficiency.
6. Pack an Emergency Kit – Taking the above steps will go a long way towards keeping you safe during winter travel, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pack a winter emergency kit. Consider packing the following: emergency flares, snack foods, water, warm clothes including socks, gloves and hats, blankets, windshield scraper, flashlight and batteries, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, tire chains, and jumper cables.
Taking the time to winterize your car helps make sure you stay safe and comfortable now, and helps you to maintain the value of your car for many years to come!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Carwash Association. The opinions and text are all mine.