China Tyre Expert

As the weather changes from fall to winter, there

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-09-17

1) Check your tire air and pressure. Changes in temperature can change the air pressure in your tires; cold temperatures will cause your tires to sag. You will want to make sure that your tires are at the correct pressure for your car's make and model. This information can be found on the inside of your car door or the owner's manual. If you do not have the correct tire pressure it will change the traction of your tires. Traction is normally a problem in snowy, wet, or icy conditions, so making sure your tire pressure is correct gives you more traction, and less of a chance of having an accident. You may also look into getting snow tires if the area you are in sees snow fall in the winter.

2) Get new windshield wipers. Visibility is very important no matter what the weather. Some companies have products that are designed specifically for winter snow and ice, which is essential if you live somewhere that, is prone to those types of conditions. Whether or not you are in an area that sees this type of weather, still think of when the last time you changed your wiper blades was. You may also want to look into refilling or changing your windshield fluid. Again, some companies have products made for winter weather. Don't go out blind; make sure that you can see through all windows and mirrors. Also, don't forget to wipe off ice or snow from your lights so you know other cars can see you.

3) Check your antifreeze. Antifreeze should be at a 50/50 mixture with distilled water, of course, this may change depending on your car, so check your owner's manual to be sure. You will want to check your antifreeze while the engine is cool, and make sure that there are no leaks of cracks. Antifreeze changes for different car types, models, and locations. Make sure you get the proper type of coolant for your specific area and weather needs.

4) Check your battery and electrical systems. The normal reason why a car doesn't start is because of a dead battery. You should actually check your battery regularly, but especially in the winter. Check the posts and connections of your battery to ensure that they are free of erosion and other debris. A way to check you battery is to turn your lights on before starting your car, if your lights get brighter once the engine has been started, you may need a more in depth battery test by a professional. Also, if you know that your battery is at least three years old, you will want to have a professional do the battery check. Be sure to replace any old, cracked, or damaged batteries no matter what.

5) Have an emergency kit ready. No one plans to get stuck in the middle of nowhere in a snow storm, but hey, stuff happens, so be prepared for that just in case situation. Always have a spare tire with air and car jack in case of a flat tire, and jumper cables in the off chance that your battery dies. Also you may want to keep a blanket, extra gloves and boots, a change of clothes, and a supply of food and water. That way if you are stuck for a long period of time, you know you can stay warm and have enough supplies until someone can come to help. Along with those items you may want to include a flashlight, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a tool kit, a first-aid kit, windshield fluid, windshield wipers, and even some flares. You can never be too careful.

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