As temperatures change, your car’s maintenance needs change. Fall weather bring frost, cool air, low pressure, and a myriad of other climatic factors that can affect your car’s performance. Get ahead of old man winter and start caring for your cold car now, before problems begin. This article provides some basic tips for you to keep ahead of the game and on the road.
Care for Your Tires
Cool fall weather can do a number on your tires. These effects will vary depending on where you live, of course, but no matter the climate, monitoring your tires regularly will keep your automobile riding strong.
- Pressure. Low fall temperatures can lead to lower pressure in your tires. Use your tire gage to keep an eye your levels. Consult with your mechanic regarding any problems of strange situations you encounter.
- Treads.After fall comes winter. With winter comes snow. The long, hot summer of riding fast along desert trails and gravel roads can wear your treads down. You should always monitor your treads, but in winter, it’s especially important to have good tires. Good tires keep you on the road. Give it the penny testbefore the snows hit.
Take Care of Your Windshield
Windshields can be vulnerable to cold weather. In many places, driving with a broken window is illegal. No matter where you are, driving with a broken wind is dangerous, putting you at risk of serious accident. And when you defrost, do it responsibly. Use your car’s defrost mechanism; heating the glass too quickly could crack it. Don’t be negligent of you and the drivers around you. When you fail to keep your car in safe, working order, you’re being reckless; there’s no excuse for recklessness.
Change Your Windshield Wipers
Speaking of windshields, check the wipers. Motorists often forget to take good care of these little items. As the rains and snows begin to drift and pour down, you’ll need to see where you’re going. And the best part of windshield wiper care is that it’s easy and cheap.
Change Your Oil
Always be checking your oil. This isn’t just a cold weather thing. Still, it’s easier to pop the hood and check your levels before it’s twenty below and the winds are howling. And don’t rely entirely on the levels you can read with your car’s dipstick; even if you’ve got plenty of oil, it’s worth sticking the schedule your mechanic says to stick to. It’s not just low oil you’ve got to worry about. Dirty oil can also wreak havoc on your machine.
Keep Your Gas Tank Full
When it’s cold, it’s a good idea to keep you tank mostly full. Cold weather can create ice crystals in your tank, hurting your vehicle’s performance. This becomes a much bigger deal once winter hits, but it’s a good idea to get into the habit once the temperatures begin to plummet.
Make Sure Your Comfort Items Are Working
Is your defroster working? Your heater? Driving in cold weather without a defroster can cloud your vision and make you a danger on the road. Even driving without a heater can be a problem; when you’re freezing cold, you’re distracted.