Winter-proofing your Car — Tips for a Smooth Drive during Winters
Preparing is the key to survival in harsh environments. If you live in regions with a long winter, you will probably understand what I’m talking about. Let’s face it, winters are harsh and inexorable, not only for us, but also for our vehicles. If we do not prepare ourselves and our cars for winter conditions, the merciless weather will definitely prove to be overwhelming. As for our cars, they work best under standard conditions of temperature and pressure. Since winters are usually extreme, it is imperative that you prepare your vehicle for such conditions, otherwise you risk damaging the vehicle along with a serious threat to your own safety on the road. To protect your vehicle in winters, you don’t need to cover it with a blanket. You need to take care of some simple things to make sure your vehicle is in peak condition to tackle unfriendly conditions like cold temperatures, wet slippery roads, snow, rains and other uncertainties. Before the onset of winter, make sure that you are servicing the vehicle correctly by a qualified mechanic or follow these steps to increase its stability. Changing engine oil: Before winter is approaching, be sure to replace the engine oil / engine oil in your vehicle. Typically, engine oil needs to be changed every 3000 to 5000 miles. You need to check your car’s maintenance log to see if your car requires replacement of engine oil. If there has been no engine oil change in the last 6 months, you should definitely consider avoiding engine damage in winter. Coolant replacement: You must also check the level of antifreeze or coolant in your car. The coolant reservoir must be full and the radiator filled to the brim. Usually 50% of the water is mixed proportionally with antifreeze, but it is advisable to refuel your car only with antifreeze before winter, as the water can freeze at low temperatures. Since antifreeze provides cooling for the engine, its absence due to freezing or lowering the level can lead to overheating of the engine. Tire change (if necessary). It is important that your car’s tires are suitable for winter diving (all-season tires) and have a tread depth of about 4/32 inches to overcome cold, wet and usually slippery roads. in the winterYou can ask the mechanic to measure the depth of the tire tread or buy a tread measuring device and do it yourself. These devices are available at local parts stores. You can also check if your tires need to be replaced by installing “wear bars” on them. These are rubber tracks located in the treads around the tire circumference. If the treads have reached the level of these wear-resistant tires, the tires must be replaced. Also, maintain tire pressure at recommended levels and monitor it every 2 weeks during the winter. Tires tend to quickly lose pressure in cold weather. You should also keep a spare tire in your car in case you need it. Wipers: You may need to change the wipers every year, and it is always recommended to do this before winter. Some wipers can work even longer, and you decide whether the wipers do their job in your car or not. On a rainy day, or possibly in the snow, the wiper will definitely become your friend and helper while you drive. Lights: every light in your car is very important in all conditions, but especially in winter. In climatic conditions characterized by low light, rain, snow, fog, etc., the lights serve not only for your visibility, but also for the visibility of other vehicles and pedestrians on the road. Each light has its own function, and their significance is emphasized in dark and foggy winters. Battery: Make sure your car battery is charged at least 12 volts. You can verify this by connecting a conventional voltmeter to the battery. If this is not the case, you should consult with a battery mechanic. A depleted battery can be in the wilderness, and this is bad in any conditions, not to mention winter. In addition to these basic maintenance tips, you should also consider some winter driving tips for your safety and the safety of your car: keep a safe distance from other vehicles. As there is a chance of skidding, gently depress the brakes, rather than depress the pedal. The braking distance in winter is usually exaggerated. Drive at low speeds. Winter conditions are uncertain, and cold and wet roads can pose a threat to even the most experienced drivers and the most advanced cars. Precautions are the first safety precaution. Do not push the engine at higher speeds. More acceleration means more chances for tires to slip in wet, snowy and dirty conditions. A garage is always the best place to park your car at night. If you parked your car outside in cold weather, there is a better chance that you might have problems starting up in the morning. In addition, it is recommended that you avoid parking your car on the side of the road in wet or snowy weather, as there is a great danger from skidding the car. Parking under trees is also not recommended in winter, as dry trees are prone to heavy rains and snow. If you take care of some simple things before heading into your car in the winter, you will definitely not have problem trips due to extreme weather conditions. A little preparation and a little restraint is the key to a harmless winter.