When vehicles are not properly prepared for winter, driving can be more stressful and treacherous. Too many people take that chance every year.
By performing some simple winterizing tasks, not only will you have a safe and sound winter on the road, but you will save some money as well!
Check the following areas:
- Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system.
- Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly.
- Have the battery and charging system checked.
- Check tire tread depth and tire pressure. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
- Change the oil and filter and also, have the technician check all other filters at the same time.
- If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems.
- Have the brakes checked. The braking system is a vehicle’s most important safety item.
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks, these can be especially dangerous during cold weather when windows are closed.
- Keep the gas tank at least half full and stock an emergency kit