Harsh winters can hurt vehicles, especially over the years. The issues are severe from the freezing temperature to expanding water to road salt, and they could put your vehicle (and your life) at serious risk. Regular tuning and maintenance are essential to prepare your car for winter so that it can help you get from point A to point B more securely.
Preparing means more than maintenance, however, it means being prepared. With this guide, you’ll be able to avoid many disasters and know exactly how to respond should you need an emergency repair:
Get Your Vehicle Serviced
Every vehicle needs to be serviced regularly, and if your vehicle is due for servicing soon, try to get it done before it freezes. Cold can cause a variety of issues, but servicing works to prevent these simply by ensuring that the vehicle has everything that it needs to run smoothly. This isn’t a guarantee that nothing will go wrong, but just as healthy eating can help prevent a variety of health issues, servicing your vehicle can help prepare your vehicle for winter.
If you are lucky, any big repair concern should be found, and you can have it fixed then. This is always preferable to breaking down on the road or away from a mechanic, as you’ll then need to add towing costs to your final bill. Not many can easily pay the full cost of a big repair out of pocket, but there are options. If you need help paying for significant service or urgent repairs alike, car repair loans could be the answer, especially if the loan allows you to pay off the loan before the deadline without any penalties.
Check Your Battery
The cold affects batteries in two ways. First, it reduces the output, which means anything you need power for is going to put the battery under greater strain. Second, it’s possible you will inevitably use more power. From lights to the heater, you will be using more power. Always get your battery checked or replaced before the season starts to avoid getting stranded with a dead battery. Even with a new battery, it is always a good idea to have a jump start kit in your car at all times.
Get Your Tires Replaced
Winter tires have larger treads and are better able to grip roads in winter conditions. If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather conditions and are expecting to drive on roads that are not serviced regularly, then getting snow chains will help protect you and your vehicle on dangerous roads.
Get Your Winter Kit Ready
Every car needs a winter kit. This kit should include a jumper cable, shovel and window scraper, a flashlight, spare batteries for the said flashlight, a blanket, water bottles, non-perishable snacks, a paper map, and matches or a flare. In short, be prepared in case you get stranded with a dead car in the middle of nowhere. You need to be able to stay warm and visible while waiting for help to come.