How to Winterize Your Car: 5 Tips

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As the cold weather of winter sets in, now is the time to prepare your vehicle so you and your family stay safe during your holiday travels.

Taking the time now to get your car ready for the harsh conditions of winter can ensure your vehicle is in top condition – and that you are ready in case a winter auto accident leaves you stranded on the side of the road at any point during the next three to four months.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Colder Conditions

Essential tips for winterizing your vehicle
Essential tips for winterizing your vehicle

  1. Check the tires – The wet, icy and snowy conditions of winter can reduce tire traction, increasing the risk of skids. So, make sure your tires have at least 1/8-inch of tread on them. You may even want to replace your tires with snow tires, which are equipped with special compounds to enhance traction on slick roadways.

  2. Check the battery – Cold weather can affect batteries’ cranking power, potentially cutting it down by as much as half when temperatures plummet to zero degrees (F). So, check your battery’s fluid level and charge state; if you don’t know how to do this, take your vehicle to a service station. If your battery is not maintaining a charge, replacing it now – before the severe cold of winter sets in – will be essential.
  3. Replenish the fluids – Namely, check your vehicle’s wiper fluid and oil levels and replenish these as needed. You may want to actually do an oil change, replacing your oil with one that has a “W” in its viscosity index (indicating it is specially formulated for winter use).
  4. Prepare a winter safety kit – Despite all of your winter preparations for your vehicle, you may still end up on the side of the road with a broken down vehicle or following a crash. If this happens, having a winter safety kit in your car (which includes things like water, blankets, energy bars, an extra cell phone, etc.) can help you remain warm and safe while you wait for help – especially if you are stranded in the middle of a storm.
  5. Start adjusting your driving habits – Specifically, start giving your vehicle some time to warm up, start adjusting your speeds down a bit and start checking the weather/your route before leaving. Getting in these habits now will make them easy to follow in a few weeks when winter officially arrives.

Contact a St Louis Car Accident Lawyer at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law

If you have been injured in an auto accident or any type of traffic crash, contact the St Louis car accident lawyer at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending their rights in any legal setting.

To learn more about how we can help you, call our firm today at 573-333-3333 for our Missouri office or at 618-888-8888 for our Illinois office. You can also email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen.