WINTERIZE YOUR RIDE
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE COLD CONDITIONS AND SLIPPERY ROADS AHEAD
TAKE CARE OF YOUR TIRES
Check your tires’ tread depth and air pressure. Bald tires or underinflated tires can be very dangerous in slick conditions. If in doubt, ask an expert to help you choose the best new tires for your car.
TIME FOR A TUNE-UP
Treat your vehicle to a pre-winter tune-up. It’s best to get it done before winter, as the cold can worsen existing problems in starting, idling and performance.
Cold weather demands much more current from a battery, so it’s best to get your battery and charging system checked before the cold weather arrives.
TURN UP THE HEAT
Start your vehicle’s engine and let it warm up. Once hot, check the heaters and defrosters, which use the engine’s heat to warm the cabin and windshield.
Check your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear. Damaged or worn blades should be replaced.
Top up the washer fluid reservoir with low-temperature, cold-weather fluid.
Clean, flush and refill the antifreeze in your vehicle’s cooling system.
To ensure you can see and be seen under snowy conditions, make sure all of the interior and exterior lights in your vehicle are working correctly.
Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. This acts as a safety net for winter travel, and may prevent moisture from freezing in the gas line.