Winterizing Your Car

November 29, 2018

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With days growing shorter and temperatures dropping, winter months can also be very hard on your vehicle. Here are some basic things every car owner should know as winter approaches.

1) Extreme cold can damage your car battery. Consider a trickle charger for batteries of secondary “summer” vehicles that are driven less in the winter, such as drop-top jeeps and convertibles. Simply hook a trickle charger up to these units for the winter months. If you don’t have a garage or carport to store your vehicle, remove the batteries and hook them to the trickle charger in a heated area. You should also consider doing this for riding lawn mower batteries, which will save you time and money when spring comes around.

2) Snow tires are very useful in harsh winter conditions. Consider getting snow tires especially if you live in East Tennessee. Experts advise that snow tires give considerable more traction than any other tire. Even half-worn snow tires provide better traction than brand-new radial tires.

3) Check your antifreeze when the seasons change. Consider doing an antifreeze drain and fill check with your auto technician or mechanic. Many vehicles run 50 percent coolant (antifreeze) and 50 percent water during summer months. Check with your local professional to see if you should run 100 percent antifreeze in the winter.

4) Always check the basics. Make sure your tires have the recommended air pressure, replace your wiper blades, and keep your oil changes regular to avoid viscosity issues.

5) Be prepared in case you get stranded in the winter months. Keeping sand or cat litter in your car is great for pouring in slick, icy areas to give your vehicle some traction if you get stuck. You should also store extra warm clothes and blankets and at least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle during winter months.

6) Regardless of the season, always be prepared for an emergency. Keep a mobile phone charger, flashlight, snacks, extra bottles of water, and an emergency kit in your vehicle.

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