Can your car handle the cold? The roads can be treacherous this time of year, so you will need to make sure you and your car are prepared for the worst. The weather outside can be frightful, but your drive can be delightful with just a few of these winter tips!
Don’t let your car freeze! Before it gets too cold, have your car’s oil and anti-freeze looked at. Motor oil thickens when cold, so you should get it changed out regularly and replace the oil filter.
On top of that, you should keep your coolant mixed with antifreeze and water with a 50/50 ratio. This combination will keep your coolant from freezing.
Next, you should take care of your wiper blades. Without them, frost, snow, and water will obscure your vision on the road. To extend the lifespan of your wiper, always scrape ice from your windshield first and if you park outside, then leave them up. This way, they are not damaged by the ice.
If you have had your wipers for over six months then it’s time to replace them. You can also tell they are ready for a replacement if you notice streaks on your windshield when in use. Replacing the blades is an easy process you can do yourself, however, you can stop in any local Brotherhood Garage to ask for help.
Tires and Brakes
Finally, make sure your brakes and tires are good to go! Icy roads, even simply wet ones, can pose a threat to drivers. If you live somewhere the temperature drops below 45 degrees then you should switch your regular tires for winter ones. You’ll want to be driving on tires that have good snow traction.
If you find that your brakes are not working, it can be caused by some of the following: the rotors, the brake pads, the brake fluid, and the brake pedal. You should regularly have your brake system checked before any long trips. So, if you’re planning on visiting family for the holidays, bring your car in for a routine safety check.
The mechanics at Brotherhood Garage can ensure that your car is serviced and maintained to keep you and your family safe on the road. If you need help with any of these tips, feel free to ask us for help. If you would like to make an appointment, call (405) 265-7617 today.