Even though we live in Texas, we’re no stranger to cold weather– sleet, icy roads, and low temperatures are all common here. It’s important to know the best ways to protect your car from sudden temperature changes and other winter weather conditions that can damage your vehicle. Here are four precautionary measures you can take before the season begins to ensure your car adjusts to cold weather with ease:
Check tires for pressure and tread depth
Keeping your tires in good shape is crucial to keep your car running smoothly on icy winter roads. Inspect your tires using the penny test to ensure that your treads aren’t too worn down. After you’re done with the test, use a tire gauge to test your air pressure. Make sure your
Change your oil and antifreeze
These steps should be taken normally as a part of regular car maintenance, but it’s especially important to do so in the winter. If the weather gets too cold, these liquids can become sludgy, causing engine trouble. If your region is prone to low temperatures, consider switching to a winter-safe version of both products.
Inspect your battery
Low temperatures can cause your battery capacity to decline, so it’s important to get it looked at. A professional will ensure that it’s in good shape for the coming months. Keep your car parked inside as much as possible to mitigate the effects of the cold. Turn off any accessories that require battery power before getting out of your car. This action avoids wasting battery power every time you turn your car on.
Have brakes checked pre-season
Wet, icy roads can cause cars to skid, so it’s absolutely crucial that your brakes are in perfect working condition. Have your brake pads inspected well before bad weather conditions begin to ensure that your car is properly equipped for the months to come.
Of course, it’s also important to keep your car clean during this time! Salted roads can wear down tires, and freezing wind and rain can scuff your exterior. Visit a Super Sudz near you and we’ll get your car washed and protected from the elements in no time!