How To Winterize Your Car
The winter season can put a different set of demands on your vehicle, and it is important to plan ahead. There are several ways you can winterize your car.
Purchase Snow Tires
If you live in an area where snow and ice can accumulate, you may need to consider purchasing snow tires. Many manufacturers recommend changing all four tires, as you can achieve better grip, making it easier to steer and to stay on the roadway. This is particularly helpful if you live somewhere off the beaten path. Another good option is to outfit your car with all-season tires if you dislike having to swap your tires twice a year.
Create an Emergency Kit
In the event that you do have an accident, it is imperative that you have an emergency kit. This list is not exhaustive, but it should include the following items: flashlight, scarf, gloves, hat, socks, blanket,bagof kitty litter to help your wheels gain traction, non-perishable snacks, portable-sized shovel, ice scraper, and necessary engine fluids.
Properly Inflate Your Tires
Prior to the winter season, you will want to check your tire pressure and make sure that any air leaks are repaired. Cold weather can cause a reduction in tire pressure, and your tires will need to be inspected and filled up as needed periodically. Tires that have the correct PSI will be easier to manage on snowy roads.
Don't Get Locked Out
It can be all but impossible to open a car whose door lock has frozen, and you can break your key if you attempt to do so. In many cases, it will be unlikely that you will have access to warm water if you are not at home or near a convenience store. You can stock up on glycerine to de-ice your car door, though you must be careful to store it on your person and not in your car.