Winter is in full swing! We’ve already given you our tips on how to protect your car from the elements of cold weather. Now we need to look at how to keep you and your family safe on the roads this winter season. Back in the 80s, winterizing your car was an imperative routine that was needed to keep your car running well. Thankfully, with modern technology, the winterizing process is much less strenuous.
With that said, we all know that last year’s winter was brutal! Here are some simple things you can do this winter to make sure your car is in tip top shape.
- Keep an emergency kit. You never know when the inevitable will happen. Your kit should include first aid, a flashlight, a blanket, gloves, and jumper cables. Obviously, you should have a spare tire and the tools needed to change it. Flares are also a nice addition especially when you’re stuck on the road and visibility levels are low.
- Change wiper blades and refill wiper fluid. If you can’t see the road, you can’t drive. Ice, snow, and salt build up will significantly reduce visibility and further deteriorate your wiper blades. It’s also good to have a backup set in your emergency kit.
- Check your tire pressure. Science says that cold air causes air pressure to drop at about the rate of 1psi for every 10-degree drop in temperature. The likelihood of sliding around increases when tires aren’t properly inflated.
- Make sure 4WD works. Many SUVs have four-wheel drive, and this can be an enormous advantage to driving in icy conditions. While it decreases the possibility of getting your vehicle stuck, it doesn’t change the grip of your tires when your brake.
- Keep your fuel tank full. Many of us like to drive our cars until the we see the gaslight pop up. For one, this increases the chance of you getting stranded in the winter. Secondly, running on a near empty fuel tank causes condensation to build up on the walls of the tank. Dripping condensation can essentially cause water to get into the fuel lines and freeze them, blocking the flow of gas.
How can Dream Makers help you this winter?
- Check your battery. Winter is always a good time to check batteries. The chemical process for power to be generated slows down in cold temperatures. On top of that, your car needs more power to get the engine started in the winter. We’ll also check for corrosion and fraying on the clamps and cables.
- Check your oil viscosity. The colder the air is, the thicker your oil gets. We can make sure that your oil is at the proper, manufacturer viscosity to ensure proper lubrication.
- Check your car’s belts and hoses. There’s a common theme here: cold weather elements deteriorate all aspects of your car. While your belts and hoses only need changed every 30,000 miles or so (depending on the make), we’ll check for cracks and weaknesses to get through the winter. If a belt snaps while you drive, a tow truck will need to get you to a mechanic.
- Check heating and defrosting. It’s pretty easy to tell if a heater or defroster isn’t working. If malfunctioning, you might have an air leak or faulty heater coil.
DreamMakers’ Service and Performance Department is experienced in winterizing everything from daily drivers to Ferraris! We can even pick-up your vehicle to be serviced and winterized using our concierge delivery services.