Winter is coming, and for us in the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Vancouver Portland metro area, that means rain, more rain, and probably snow. And while we’ve come to expect this, sometimes we need a reminder to get us prepared. The worst time to have issues with your car is A: when you need it, and B: when it’s cold outside. Both A and B seem to always happen at the same time, so here are 5 tips to decrease your chances of auto issues this winter.
Batteries typically have a harder time operating in cold weather than they do in warm weather. As a result, a weak battery that made it through the summer may be a dead battery in the winter. We suggest having a volt test performed on your battery to make sure it’s in good working order. You don’t want to be stuck in inclement weather over a simple fix that is easily avoidable.
Coolant, also referred to as antifreeze, is extremely important as it keeps your car engine from freezing in cold temperatures. It’s incredibly vital to make sure your coolant levels are good and also ensure there isn’t any leaks or other issues.
All-wheel drive is great for winter, but a lot of people don’t have it, and even if you do “it doesn’t help with braking and turning” according to Woody Rogers, Director of Product Information for Tire Rack. Making sure your tires are in good condition, or having new winter tires will provide improved traction and can easily be the difference to keeping your car on the road and preventing an accident.
Winter offers less daylight which you’ll typically notice on your commute home. Add in the rain, snow, and fog, you’ll want to make sure your lights are working great. Clean your lights so they’re not dirty and make sure they’re not fogging up inside, faded, and that they’re shining brightly.
This isn’t so much a tip as its more about making sure your prepared if something does happen. Even if you complete the above recommendations, things can still happen. Items to stay prepared include a warm blanket, a first aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, and a cell phone charger that works in your vehicles. A shovel and de-icer spray can be helpful as well.
Come see us today at Lobbestael Automotive, LLC and we’ll be happy to take a look at your vehicle and to do everything possible to make sure car issues don’t wreck your holidays.