Winterize Your Car
Make It Safely Through Winter
Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. To help you make it safely through winter, here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you are and your vehicle are prepared.
At any temperature - 20 degrees Fahrenheit, below zero, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit above - weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the Internet, radio, TV, cable weather channel, or in the daily papers.
Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:
- Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses, and fan belts
- Changing and adjusting the spark plugs
- Checking the air, fuel, and emission filters, and the PCV valve
- Inspecting the distributor
- Checking the battery
- Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear, and tread depth
- Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line
You car should have a tune-up (check the owner's manual for the recommended interval) to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts, and faster response on pick-up and passing power.