Before the winter weather gets too extreme, it's time for some basic maintenance. Maintaining your vehicle early on in the season can avoid some significant issues later on. The cold brings with it a lot of new dangers, such as ice and cold.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure changes when the air is colder. You'll often see your tire pressure light go on during weather changes because of this. But colder weather could also cause leaks and damage, and you do want to make sure the pressure in your tire is correct for the weather. You can use the tire pressure gauge at the gas station to correct this.
Get an Oil Change
If it's about time for your fluids to be changed, it doesn't hurt to do it now. You can get an oil change and make sure all the liquids in your car are winter ready. Oil in your engine prevents your engine from seizing and keeps it running as it should be.
Check Your Washer Fluid
If your car is going to be idle, keep in mind that washer fluid can still freeze in your car. Make sure to keep an eye on your fluid levels and to check regularly that your fluid hasn't frozen. You want to make sure your washer fluid is full so you can keep your windshield clear.
Replace Your Wipers
Wipers are easy to replace. If you've noticed that your wipers aren't quite doing their job, you may want to get them replaced before the winter and spring weather can cause issues when driving. Old wipers will often smear dirt and debris across the windshield, which can become dangerous or even cause damage.
Check Your Tire Tread
Your tire tread controls how safe your vehicle is during bad weather. Make sure your tire tread hasn't worn down too far and that it's still visible. You can do the penny test by placing a penny in the tread of your car with the head pointed toward the tire. If the tire tread does not cover the top of the coin's head, you probably need to replace your tires.
After you've done your routine maintenance, it's time to make sure your emergency roadside kit is up to date. After the winter, you'll be moving into the slushy, spring months, which can be just as hazardous in different ways. A good emergency kit includes blankets, flares, cat litter (for traction), flashlights, water, and tire patch.
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