Were you one of the many to take advantage of the President’s Day car sales? If you were, you definitely want your new car to withstand many New England winters to come. Even if you didn’t purchase a new car, it is still very important to keep your car in good working condition this winter. Here are a few important car safety and maintenance tips to help ensure your safety during the cold months.
- Check your tires: Air pressure can drop in colder weather and make tires susceptible to damage. Also consider getting winter tires instead of using “all season” tires for better traction.
- Add antifreeze: Protect the engine from extreme temperatures! Make sure to mix 50% antifreeze and 50% water and check to ensure there are no leaks.
- Wash and wax your car: It can act as a first line of defense against ice, salt, sand and slush. Also getting a car wash can help keep underneath the car clean; this will avoid rusting.
- Replace your windshield wipers: It is important to have properly fitted wiper blades to keep the windshield clear so you can see what’s in front of you at all times. To ensure the highest level of visibility also check that your lights and bulbs are working!
- Pack an emergency kit: Ensure safe travels by being prepared for emergency situations. A good emergency kit contains gloves, an ice scraper, a shovel, salt or sand, warm clothing, blankets, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
- Check battery and charging system: It is harder for the engine to start in the winter and you definitely don’t want to be stuck in a situation where your car will not start!
- Have a full tank: You want to make sure your gas is as close to full as possible. If it isn’t, it could also lead to you being stuck in the cold New England weather. If your gas tank is low, moisture can form in the gas line and it could cause freezing.
- Check your air filters: Debris can get caught inside your vehicle and cause problems!
- Heater and defroster: Make sure your heater and defroster are in good working condition.
- Brakes: Check your brakes periodically to ensure they are working properly.
These simple tips can make a big difference to ensure your car looks and runs like new. This will help you save money in the long run. If you have any special car care tips for the winter leave a comment below!
~Olivia Fay, VP of Unbanking