People assume that if their car starts, it is in good condition. However, this is not necessarily true – especially in winter. Freezing temperatures wreak havoc on your car and you may not even be aware of many of your car’s issues until it is too late.
All drivers should have regular car maintenance checkups performed to guarantee that everything is running properly. Here are the most commonly ignored winter car maintenance tasks to help keep you safe on the roads.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is important as under inflated tires make it more difficult to get proper traction or navigate on ice. In the winter, low temperatures can significantly decrease your tires’ air pressure. Always check your tire pressure to make sure you’re driving on properly inflated tires. If your vehicle doesn’t have tire pressure sensors, make sure to check using a tire pressure gauge.
Check Windshield Wipers and Fluid
It is important to have properly maintained windshield wipers and fluid to ensure you have clear visibility when driving. Sometimes it is obvious when you need new wipers, but other times you don’t know until it is too late. If you are unsure if your wipers need to be replaced, most oil change facilities or automotive supply stores can help you check your windshield wipers and find the proper replacement.
It is also important to check that you have enough windshield wiper fluid in the fluid reservoir. It is usually easy to find the reservoir and learn how to check it. If you don’t know where the washer fluid reservoir is, ask your oil change facility or mechanic to show you.
In the winter a blend of washer fluid and de-icer is the best option. But whatever fluid you decide to use, make sure you have some on hand for when you get low.
Check Your Car Battery
Even if your car starts, you need to check your battery. During winter, car batteries may be under added strain due to starting in the cold – and the last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road.
Having your oil changed is important year-round, but cold weather can cause thickening of your motor oil and difficulties starting your engine. Have your oil changed regularly and in the winter invest in oil that is formulated for the cold conditions.
We know it costs money to maintain your car, but failing to maintain your vehicle properly can lead to even more expenses should the car break down, leave you stranded, or cause an accident.
Be safe out there, and if you need assistance with an auto accident injury caused by someone who didn’t properly maintain their vehicle, call our office for help.