We are well into November already; the smell of turkey is in the air, and cold, wintery frost has begun to settle in. You know what that means? It’s also time to get your car ready for winter and the cold temperatures we’ll be facing in the coming months.
In order to help you prepare, we’ve put together our list of helpful hints to protect your car from the cold.
- If you have a garage, use it. That’s right, it’s time for you to get out there and finally clear that precious space designed to protect your car from the elements. Not only will your garage keep your car protected from blowing objects, ice, snow, rain, and salt – it offers a space with a fairly regulated temperature.
- Check your battery. It’s no secret that freezing temperatures are rough on you battery. Before you get stuck somewhere with a battery that won’t start, make sure it’s not at the end of its life. Ideally, you’ll want to start your car at least once for 15 to 20 minutes every 24 hours to keep the battery charged.
- Check your tire pressure. As a general rule, your tires lose a pound of pressure for every ten degrees the outside temperature drops. Check and fill your tires often during the winter. Low tire pressure can be a serious safety hazard, impairing your car’s handling and braking abilities and reducing efficiency.
- Check your fluids. Check all your fluids, including oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake, and transmission. These can thicken up in freezing temperatures. Ideally, you’ll want to let your car run for ten minutes before driving to allow these fluids to warm up. Also, don’t forget windshield wiper fluid!
- Replace windshield wipers. The lack of good windshield wipers poses a serious threat to you and others. Make sure you have a pair that cleanly wipes away any obstruction to your vision.
Want more? Howstuffworks.com has a comprehensive guide to getting your car winter-ready. If you still aren’t sure, stop by the Glenbrook Hyundai service department. We’ll make sure you’re ready for winter driving!
What other tips and tricks do you recommend for keeping your car in tip top shape this winter? Tell us in the comments!