Keep your vehicle running smoothly in the winter
- Keep your fuel tank half full
During winter weather, it’s a good idea to keep at least half a tank of fuel in the vehicle in the event of an emergency or if you get stuck in the snow and need to wait for rescue. For longer road trips, plan stops for gas in advance.
2. Check the pressure on the tire weekly:
Driving on underinflated tires can cause them to wear down prematurely and lose traction on icy or slippery surfaces.
3. Keep your Battery in shape
Your vehicle’s battery is especially hard hit when the mercury plummets. Cold temperatures reduce its cranking power. In fact, at about 0° F, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at 80° F.
Winter puts more stress on your battery, particularly if you park your car outdoors. Avoid the sinking feeling of hearing nothing when you hit the ignition with a proactive check of your battery and charging system now.
4. Clear your headlights:
n the winter months, the days are much shorter, which means that you tend to drive in the dark more. Make sure that all of your exterior lights are in the best shape possible. If they are out, replace the bulb. The same goes if they are foggy or are yellow-looking.
5. Check the engine Oil in time
Cold weather can beat up your engine, too. Motor oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.