Four Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter
The Brutal Winter Ahead
Great Lakes winters can be brutal. Temperatures on a typical day dip below 30 degrees Fahrenheit and the strong winds from the lakes lead to massive snowfall in the surrounding areas. Winter weather usually lasts until the beginning of spring.
For Great Lakes residents, getting around in this environment is difficult, and takes a toll on their vehicles. Salted driveways and streets, snow, rain, wind and slush can wreak havoc on a car’s motor, tires, windows and more. Before the winter is in full swing, it’s crucial to get your car checked so you can avoid expensive repairs.
Whether you want to work on your car yourself or take it to a professional mechanic, here are four ways you can prepare your car for the harsh Great Lakes winter ahead.
Check your tires
When was the last time you replaced your tires? Changing your tires for the winter is critical because as it gets colder outside, the air pressure in your tires will decrease. Low air pressure is troublesome because it can cause damaging wear and tear, give you low gas mileage, have a negative effect on your tread and decrease tire traction. Get your car ready for winter by making sure you fill your tires up to coincide with the PSI recommendations for your vehicle.
Look at your antifreeze level
Antifreeze keeps your engine from becoming too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Lift up your hood and make sure that you have enough water and antifreeze to prevent your fluids from freezing, or buy a premixed bottle to use for your car.
Replace windshield wipers
You’re going to need fully functioning wipers when the freezing rain, snow, and slush hit the Great Lakes area. Along with buying new blades (this should be done every six to 12 months), get your car ready for winter with windshield washer fluid that has a lower freezing temperature and has a deicer. If there is going to be a big snowstorm coming to town, lift your wipers so they don’t freeze and stick to your windshield.
Check your oil level
Your oil should always be at the correct level, but this is especially important in the winter. Make sure it’s not too thick because the cold weather will make it even worse.
Now that you’ve checked your car out and fixed any problems, you’re ready for a Great Lakes winter.