Winterizing your Vehicle

We may be in Albuquerque, but that doesn’t mean people should avoid winterizing their vehicle. Temperature changes can affect even the newest car. This is why you need to really check the car or truck out and listen for any changes when driving the vehicle. A small noise could signal there is a problem. The following preventative measures will ensure your car is ready for the temperature shifts and weather that accompanies winter.

Test the Heater

It is important to check the heater before winter comes. This means turning the car and driving it around with the heater on different settings. Be on the lookout for any suspicious smells and sounds. These could be warning signs that something needs to be repaired before the colder weather comes in. A working heater prevents colds and ensures people are comfortable when driving to work or running errands.

Look at the Tires and Brakes

Next, it is important to check the tires and brakes. These are two of the most important parts of a vehicle. The tires need to have the right tread to deal with precipitation, and the brakes need to be easy to use. If there are strange sounds coming from pressing the brakes or the car feels off-balance or strange, it is time to bring the vehicle in to be checked.

Check Fluids and Battery

All oil levels and fluids need to be filled or at the right levels to ensure the car is properly running and prepared for colder weather. This also means checking to make sure wiper blades are suited for increased rain and slush. The battery should be tested, too, to ensure that it is working and will last. There’s nothing worse than working a late shift at work and coming out only to discover the car is dead. No one wants to wait around in the cold for a tow truck.

Make a Winter Emergency Kit

A winter emergency kit means you will be ready if stuck in bad weather or if the car does break down for some reason. It is important to include a window scraper, blanket, non-perishable snacks, road flares, and water in this kit.