05 Nov I’m NOT Ready
It’s the beginning of November and we have already seen our first snowfall. I don’t know about you, but I was not ready for that!
I was driving to work the morning it snowed and happened to be behind an 18-wheeler on the highway when I realized I was out of washer fluid. Yikes! I managed to get off at the next exit and fill it up. Crisis averted. Then I got to thinking what else do I need to do to prepare for the inevitable. Winter driving.
After doing some investigating, I found the following winter car maintenance tips to be helpful.
Fill the washer fluid.
Have the brakes checked.
Check the battery. The last thing you want is a dead battery that first frigid morning. Most auto parts stores will do this free of charge.
Check the anti-freeze level and make sure it’s full.
Replace the wiper blades. Also, if the car is parked outdoors for any length of time during a snowfall or ice storm it might be best to raise the wipers so they do not freeze to the windshield. Then use a scraper, not the wiper blades, to clear off the snow and ice from the windshield to extend the life of the blades.
Check the tires. Is the tread still intact? Do you need to consider winter tires or new tires? As the temperatures drop it’s a good idea to regularly check the tire pressure. Pressure decreases 1-2 pounds with every 10 degree drop.
So far I have only completed the first step. How may do you need to do to be ready for winter?
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