As the fall weather settles in and the temperatures begin to drop, now is the time to begin thinking of what we can do to protect our car and ourselves during the winter driving season. The last thing you need is to get stranded on the highway with the family during the middle of winter!
1. Inspect your antifreeze: Be sure to check the levels while your engine is cold.
2. Have your charging system checked: Cold weather starts make the car battery work much harder and getting stranded in the cold is no fun!
3. Change your oil and oil filter: Clean engine oil goes a long way in protecting the motor in cold start situations. Use the oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
4. Visually inspect all lights and bulbs: Expecially tail lights and head lights. Daylight savings time requires bulbs to work long hours.
5. Tire tread condition: Begin thinking about when you want your winter tires installed, and be sure to check the treads.
6. Visibility is key to your safety: Check your wiper blades to make sure they are in top condition, to fully clear your windshield. Road salt and slush can jeopardize visibility. Use washer fluid containing de-icer on windows to avoid the chiseling of ice early in the morning.
7. Last but not least, prepare a roadside emergency kit including a flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
So really it's not that touch, most of these things can easily be done in your garage or driveway!