As we move into the winter months, it's time to start thinking about winterizing your possessions. The first one to start with is your vehicle. Here's how to winterize your car.
Check Your Visibility
Snow, ice, and salt are notoriously bad for visibility, so prepare your car before any of it hits. Start by checking your windshield wipers. If they leave streaks on your windshield, or if they are cracking, replace them.
Next, check your windshield wiper reservoir to make sure that there is enough fluid. Mix in an antifreeze agent, as water freezes in the washer lines.
Use the Right Oil
Changes in temperature change the consistency of your oil. Cold weather thickens oil, which makes it more difficult for the engine to turn over. While many cars use multi-weight oil that is suitable for all seasons, some do not. Check your manual to make sure that you have the appropriate oil in your car for the winter.
Protect Your Paint
In the very beginning of the winter season, wash and wax your car thoroughly. This will prevent salt from eating away your paint. Repeat the wash and wax periodically throughout the winter.
If you follow these simple steps, your car will last for many more winters to come.