It’s undeniable that the wet and icy roads of winter are a threat to the driver. And, if you take your car out on the road sans proper preparation, you are risking your life. To combat this situation, you should be prepared or rather prepare your car for winter driving.
What should you do?
- Use the right oil for your engine. Check the car’s manual for guidance and find out which oil to use in winter.
- Ensure you can see the views clearly. Check if your windshield wiper blades are working properly. Also, make sure your defroster and heater are working efficiently, which is important to keep the windshield clear.
- Have an authorized car repair shop test the ability of your battery to hold a charge.
- Check the functioning of the belts and hoses.
- Examine the tire pressure and maintain the target tire pressure.
- You can consider switching to snow tyres, especially if you are living in a hilly place.
- If you are dealing if a four-wheel drive, check the status of the four-wheel driving system and ensure it’s working appropriately.
- Ascertain the anti-freeze mixture is just right. Target 50-50 mix of coolant and water inside the radiator.
- Have an emergency kit ready comprising of a blanket, ice scraper, flashlight, extra boots and gloves, a set of warm clothes, a small shovel, windshield washer fluid, extra water and food, a tool kit, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, a spare tyre, and tire-changing equipment.
- Know exactly what you should do if you get stranded.