Tips to Care for and Maintain Your Car in Winter

 With the arrival of winter, it usually brings rain, hail, snow and other factors that cause temperatures to drop considerably and make us take better care of ourselves during our daily routine. However, you should also take special precautions to care for your car in winter to brave the cold temperatures. Many of the problems can be avoided with regular service and maintenance checks.

For this reason, some recommendations to preserve the useful life of your car in winter.

  1. Store the car in the garage. This is a good option that will protect you from night frosts that are bad for your battery, antifreeze, and paint.
  2. How to remove ice from the windshield. One of the parts of your vehicle that is most affected by the cold is the windshield, because if the temperatures were very low at night, it may wake up with a layer of ice on it. This situation can be avoided if you park it indoors (as we recommended before).
    In the event that you have nowhere, you can also cover the glass with a cover, blanket, cardboard or plastic. Never pour boiling water on it, it could break. Better use alcohol and it can help you melt the ice. Do not turn on the windshield wiper, because it can also get stuck with ice and when you start it, you could damage it.
  3. Check the condition of the battery. Your car's battery is one of the parts most affected by low temperatures. To avoid damage, you should periodically check its charge levels and verify its external appearance. The batteries have a useful life of about five years. If your car is having trouble starting, check the battery and replace it if necessary.
  4. Inspect the condition of the tires. In winter the roads can be more dangerous due to humidity, so we recommend adding more pressure to the tires than usual (we suggest a minimum depth of 3 millimeters during winter). With the cold, the pressure of the wheels decreases, which affects the safety of the grip.
    You might also consider switching from summer tires to winter tires as these offer better performance on wet surfaces and snow.
  5. Lights. At this time, where there is less light during the day than in summer, it is very important that we have our lighting system working. We recommend that you circulate at this time with the lights always on.
  6. Check the antifreeze. The car's defense against extreme weather is antifreeze. Protects the engine against the cold and also against the heat. It should be changed every 2 years, if you haven't done it now is a good time.
  7. Check all fluid systems in the car . This is recommended as they are in danger of freezing and slowing down the correct operation of the car. Vehicle fluid systems include coolant-antifreeze fluid, oils, windshield wipers, and brake fluid.
  8. Engine temperature . If your vehicle is over 10 years old, it's important to help it warm up and prevent wear and tear. Many times we go out pressed in the morning and do not let the vehicle warm up and circulate the oil through the lubrication veins. It is true that now it is no longer necessary to leave the car warming up, but due to the low temperatures, the system costs more than in normal conditions.
  9. Items you must carry in the vehicle . During this time of year some of these are mandatory: reflective vest, warning triangles, spare set of lights and an emergency tire. While others are usually carried throughout the year in the vehicle: a flashlight, mobile charger for emergency situations, a first aid kit, drink and food in the event of a long trip.
    Other items to keep in mind if it is very cold and snowy are: a blanket, gloves, a scraper to remove ice from the windows, a bell shovel, starter cables, a towing sling, a scraper brush and chains .
  10. Check the state of the roads and traffic. This will help you to see if the section you are going to travel is clear and in good condition, to prevent the transfer time and go as prepared as possible.
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