The winter months are not just tough on us but on our cars as well. Vehicle recovery firms report almost double the number of rescue calls during winter. Drivers need to be prepared for snow and a deep freeze as early as possible. Here are a few tips by Hertz Rent2Buy that will prepare you for safe driving through this winter.
Check your anti-freeze!
Vehicles are prone to serious engine damage when temperatures fall below the freezing point during winter months. As temperatures fall, the radiator freezes up and blocks the water pump. Ensure that your vehicle’s anti-freeze level is well above the minimum level throughout winter. Take extra care to choose the right type of coolant for your car. Never mix two different kinds of coolants for your car.
Work for better visibility!
Clear visibility made possible through good anti-freeze washer fluids and top quality windshield wipers make driving for you much easier. Driving off without removing the loose snow of your vehicle is very dangerous and illegal. If you have to drive through foggy nights in winter, make sure the exterior lights are cleaned. Reduce the driving speed significantly for your own safety and the safety of your fellow drivers.
Extra battery care during winter!
It is no news that car batteries are the worst affected by winter. Lower temperatures disrupt the chemical composition inside the battery and slow down its capacity to hold the charge. Get your battery tested before the onset of winter and replace it if it’s defective or more than three years old.
Treat the tyre!
Roads become wet and salty during winter months thus affecting the drivability of the tyres. Car tyres with low tread and inappropriate pressure ranges will have almost no grip on the icy roads. It is a good idea to check with your car dealer on the prevailing conditions of your tyre before the onset of winter.