Simple Steps To Prepare Your Auto For Winter

Leaves are changing, falling, and making for adverse conditions on the road.  Basically, this is your warning, this is natures way of saying, ‘Ready or not, here I come!’.  Winter will be arriving soon and in some places of the country may already be here, so lets talk about what you can do at home to prepare your auto for the winter months ahead.

Tires

It’s important to match a tire to the specs that the maker of your car requires.  Having a properly inflated tire, the right size, and with good grip can go a long way to keeping your car on the road during the winter.  Keeping a tire inflated properly during the winter can also be a full time job, consider this, each 10 degrees drop in temperature will cause a 1 psi drop in pressure.

Although a tire may be billed as all-season, this doesn’t make it the best tire for the winter.  These tires ultimately save the auto owner money, because there is no need to own multiple tires for the different seasons.  Just keep in mind when navigating the road ways, All Season tires are not the same as Snow Tires.

Windshield Wipers

Think windshield wipers come in handy during a rain?  A good pair of windshield wipers are a life saver during a wet snow or sleet.  Not only will it push the water off the windshield and increase visibility, but also keep water from freezing to different parts of the windshield.

I’ve found that spending a few extra dollars on a quality set of windshield wipers goes a long way.  A quality pair of blades will last longer and perform better at increased speeds, lower temperatures, and heavier rain conditions.

Prepare For Breakdowns

Kind of like a condom, better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.  A kit that helps prepare you for breakdowns on the side of the road during the winter can save lives.  In low temperatures hypothermia is a real threat, so pack extra clothing and lots of blankets.  Also, remember to bring a long flash lights, battery operated radio, and snacks.

A breakdown kit has saved lives in zero degree weather and below.  Depending on the road being traveled autos may not be frequent, which can lead to being stranded, cold, and hungry.  Keep your head, stay in the car and enjoy the kit you prepared for such occasions.  Also, cell phone chargers and water are also a good idea.  Flares are even better, just think of what you would need to signal for help at night, in low visibility, and travel safe this winter.

Author: Christopher

I've been an auto enthusiast since birth. I'm a grease monkey at heart and love learning to work on anything automotive. You'll often find me hiding in the garage, attending car shows, and reading about the latest and greatest online.

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  1. Wow, great article and very helpful! I’m going to be traveling through some snow and I’m from southern california so I have NO clue what i’m doing. Just going to follow these steps to get my car ready and take it slow and easy.

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