Women Drivers Blog

Winterize Your Vehicle

February 25, 2010 / 

Simple maintenance tips to prepare your vehicle for the cold, snow and ice of the season.

Did You Know?

The life of a battery is about three years. However, with cooler temperatures, batteries loose their power. Have your battery checked annually to make sure it’s in top condition to get your car started — especially on the harshest of days.

  • Check fluid and belts. Make sure all fluids are changed or filled including the oil, washer fluid, anti-freeze, etc. It’s recommended to get an oil change right before the season as oil tends to get thicker with the colder winter months, and can have an impact on your car’s performance.
  • Maximize visibility. Get new windshield wipers and have plenty of windshield washer fluid in your reservoir. Also, have an extra gallon in your trunk.
  • Examine the battery – Your car’s battery is generally good for about three (3) years. However, batteries lose their power the colder it gets. If you usually drive by yourself or at night, be smart, and get a new battery before the cold comes.
  • New tire time –Get new tires or even consider getting snow tires for extra traction which come in very handy on these snow-covered roads. Tend to deflate or lose air more easily and quickly in the colder weather. Therefore, have tire pressure checked more frequently – even once a week is not too often. Expect that you’ll lose an estimated 1 pound per square inch for each temperature drop by 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Winter trunk stash  – For your safety go through this checklist of must-have items to keep secure and safe in your trunk.
  • Keep your tank full of gas.