The beauty of the first snowfall always catches everyone’s attention…..it puts everyone in the holiday spirit and prepares us for cozy evenings next to the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. It sure feels like winter is here, especially with the frigid temperatures and the frequent snow falls. Snow, freezing rain, sleet, and black ice always present their challenges while out on the roads. There are several things you can do to ensure your car operates successfully throughout the winter months and keep your family safe if a problem may occur.
The most important thing you can do for your car and your safety is to pack a winter emergency box. The winter emergency box should include all the tools you’ll need to keep you safe in any winter weather-related emergency. You may ask…what do I include in a winter emergency box? Let’s start with the basics: flashlight, road flares, warm clothes, gloves, snacks, scraper, and of course a blanket. A Rubbermaid container works best to store all of these items.
Your tires are important to pay attention to, especially in the winter season. As the temperature changes, make sure to check your tire pressure and your tire tread depth, continuously. If you live in an area with high amounts of snowfall, consider snow tires. Snow tires are made for this type of weather. It’s also important to get your oil changed regularly. Cold temperatures can cause oil to thicken which can prevent it from lubricating your engine which, in turn, causes damage. Check your owner’s manual so you know the right type of oil your vehicle will need.
The most frustrating thing during the winter is the dirt and snow that sprays up onto your windshield while you are driving, don’t you agree? You might want to consider changing your wiper fluid to a winter-specific fluid. Winter-specific fluid is designed to not freeze and helps to loosen ice and snow, making it easier to see while out on the road.
The final step is to check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels. It’s that magical substance that keeps your engine from freezing during those times of the year when it reaches negative 10 degrees. Without this magical substance, it can cause your engine to freeze and you may find yourself stranded.
The winter months can be very unpredictable, making it hard to prepare for everything. These quick tips can help to ensure your car operates successfully throughout the winter months in order to keep everyone safe in case an emergency occurs. Visit any LaFontaine Dealership to schedule your service appointment today. Stay safe out there!