Now that winter is fast approaching, we would like to take this time to help you get your vehicle ready for the upcoming winter months. We have created a list of 10 tips to help you while you do all of your winter & holiday driving.
- Inspect your antifreeze; while your engine is cold by using a tester to check the mixture for its freeze point. A 50/50 ratio means 50% water and 50% antifreeze. This mixture is sufficient in most climates, except in extreme cold.
- Have your charging system checked; for free at any Autobahn Service & Sport (914) 241-1515 or any local auto parts store. The cold weather starts make the vehicle battery work much harder and getting stranded in the cold is no fun!
- Change your oil and oil filter; Clean, high quality engine oil goes a long way in protecting the motor in cold start situations. Be sure to use the oil that is recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
- Visually inspect all vehicle lights; blinker bulbs, tail lights, third level brake lights, especially headlights and driving lights. Remember, daylight savings time requires bulbs to work longer hours.
- Tire Tread condition; check it yourself, or have it checked by us. Winter driving requires good traction in snow and ice. Quality tire tread sheds the snow, ice and road grime more quickly, providing better traction for improved safety. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially in colder temperatures. Follow the recommended PSI found on the driver’s side door post for maximum traction.
- Visibility is key to your safety; make sure that all of your wiper blades are in top condition, to fully clear your windshield & rear window if the vehicle is equipped with a rear wiper blade. Road salt and slush can jeopardize visibility, always make sure your car has plenty of washer fluid containing de-icer to avoid the chiseling of ice early in the morning.
- Inspect your engine’s belts and hoses; Cracked, frayed or worn out rubber won’t stand up to temperature extremes. Don’t get stranded on your next trip because of a $10.00 belt or hose!
- Replace the Cabin Air Filter; Outside contaminants from Fall and Summer driving are stranded in the cabin air filter and running the heater on “high” in the extreme cold only sends the micro-particles deeper into the vehicle.
- Protect your vehicle’s paint; Rain, snow and salt are extremely tough on paint. A tough coating of quality car wax will add another barrier in-between road grime and your vehicle’s finish.
- Last but not least, prepare a roadside emergency kit including a flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles, jumper cables, flares, Fix-a-Flat, HELP Sign, and a first aid kit.
Good luck this winter & as always feel free to contact the Professionals at Autobahn Service & Sport (914) 241-1515 if you have any questions or concerns! Stay safe everyone!