Your car requires extra attention during the cold winter months that it doesn't necessarily need during the warmer time of year. Fluids, such as coolant, should be filled to the proper levels, and you should also make sure your defrosting system is in working order. These are just a couple of tips to maintain your vehicle during the colder time of year – we've got additional tips to help you from finding yourself stranded in the cold. That's why we've compiled this list to help you save time and money by preparing your vehicle for the winter.
5 Types of Winter Car Care
A good idea is to make sure your vehicle's battery is in good shape for the colder months, as a bad battery can leave you stranded if it dies. Having a volt test performed on the battery can give you peace of mind – or let you know that the battery needs to be replaced.
It's also important to keep your fuel tank relatively full, as it will help you for a couple reasons. One, a full tank will keep water from freezing inside the fuel pump. Two, it can help you stay warm by allowing the engine to run in case you ever get stuck in the cold.
Coolant helps keep the engine from freezing in cold temperatures, so it's a vital fluid in your car. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.
Winter tires are specifically made for the colder months, as they stay more flexible, giving you better traction when you need to stop on cold pavement (even if there's no snow). In addition, tires can lose up to one pound per square inch of pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your vehicle is less predictable when the tires aren't inflated enough, so it's important to keep up with your tire pressure.
Don't want to be scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is working properly.
It's always a good idea to have some type of survival kit in your car in case of emergency. While this isn't so much a car care tip as a tip to help you stay prepared, it can make a big difference if you ever find yourself stranded in the cold. Everyone should consider having a survival kit, especially when traveling through rural areas – or if they live in a rural area. Your kit should include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a portable phone charger.
If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by Toyota of Fort Worth at 9001 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Fort Worth, TX, and throughout Arlington, Burleson, Weatherford and Keller.