Winter Car Care Tips
by Kevin Schappell
As the weather turns colder, it is time to think about
your car for a second. A little preparation can go a long way to
making your winter travels a lot safer. Here is a checklist to
get you started.
- Check the antifreeze. The freezing point can be checked with
a simple tool available at any auto parts store. Make sure you
check the antifreeze when it's cool. Opening a hot radiator can
be a dangerous thing.
- Check the air pressure in your tires. As the air gets cooler
pressure drops in your tires. Maintaining your tire pressures
will reward you with higher gas mileage and longer tire life.
- Make sure you have the following items in your car.
- Ice Scraper
- Salt or sand for traction
- Blanket in case you are stranded and need to keep warm
- Good first aid kit (not just for winter)
- Road flares
- Check all belts and hoses. As the temperature drops rubber
tends to stiffen and break allot easier. Make sure all your
rubber hoses and belts are in tip-top shape.
- Treat your gas tank to a can of gas line antifreeze before the cold
weather strikes. The additive will remove any water in the system and
prevent your fuel lines from freezing.
- Check your tires for wear. Make sure you have plenty of tread left
to get you through the snow. Nothing is worse than 3" of snow and bald
Good luck and safe driving,
Kevin maintains http://www.autoeducation.com where he gives advice on car maintenance, buying, selling, insurance, and financing. A mechanical engineer and car guy, Kevin has decided to spend his online time helping others learn about automobiles.
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