How to Prep your Vehicle for Winter
Christmas is upon us, which means that there is a chill in the air and snow on the ground and winter is here. Before snow, sleet, frost and freezing rain introduce a number of challenges to everyday life, it’s important to keep your vehicle operating safely during these months, where dangerous driving is at it’s peak.
There are several things you can do right now to ensure your car operates at its best throughout the winter season, as well as maximize your vehicle’s ability to keep you and your passengers safe if a winter weather problem occurs.
First things first, get your vehicle checked and maintained by a professional mechanic, who will ensure that your car is safe for the roads. They will take care of fixing any issues your car or truck might have before you get stuck on the Glenn Highway in the middle of a snowstorm.
A certified technician should also change your windshield wiper fluid to a winterized version. Remember that not all windshield wiper fluids are the same and one that you use during the spring, summer and fall will result in a frozen windshield as soon as it’s sprayed in the Alaskan winter. A winter version will also loosen ice and snow from your windshield, making it a highly visible window for safe driving. And, if you’re due for an oil change, switch to a winter-grade oil with a lower cold weather viscosity grade.
Good tires are the key to staying on the road and keeping safe when the weather is questionable and snow and ice are falling from the sky. Invest in a good set of snow tires, that will be able to handle the rough outdoor elements that Alaska brings our way. Check your tire pressure often with a simple gauge sold at any auto supply store. Be sure to follow your vehicles manual recommendation for pressure level. Never leave home without checking the tread level on your tire. Following the instructions of the “Lincoln test” will let you know if you need to replace the tire before winter weather begins.
Lastly, an auto detail is not just to make your vehicle look good. Winter is the time when your car needs as much protection from the elements as possible. Regular washing and maintaining a functional wax coat are of paramount importance! Freezing temperatures, sand and road salt make for a most destructive potion that can destroy your car. Our team at Taylored Restoration can take care of your vehicle’s detailing needs, in order to prevent destruction all winter long.
All of these changes are extremely important to get your vehicle ready to withstand the winter elements. But, if you do nothing else, be sure to keep an emergency box in your car. It should be filled with first aid items, flashlights, winter accessories, blankets and much more. It will keep you and your family safe should you ever end up in a jam. Stay road safe this winter!