Winter Car Maintenance Tips

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If you live in the north, you’re subject to severe winter conditions around this time of year. Vehicle maintenance is essential year-round, but you should take extra precautions each winter as harsh weather can lead to more accidents. With proper care and safety measures, you can extend the lifespan of your vehicle significantly this season.

Invest in Snow Tires

Even if you aren’t expecting snow soon, you should invest in a set of snow tires. They’re highly recommended for anyone who lives in a region that experiences weather below the 40s or freezing conditions. All-weather tires are helpful and have decent snow grip, but snow tires guarantee better grip and traction, especially on colder pavements.

If you feel that the tires you have now will last throughout the winter, you should still check your tire’s tread. Take a penny, insert it into the tread, and make sure Lincoln’s head is towards the tire. If you can see his face, that means it’s time for new tires. It might sound like a lot of maintenance to winterize your vehicle, but if you prepare now, you won’t have to worry about as many accidents later.

Check Your Tire Pressure Weekly

If you live in an area with low temperatures that fluctuate quickly, you should check your tire pressure weekly. Did you know that tires lose a pound of pressure for every drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit? Driving on flat tires can lead to a blowout on the road, which can cause multiple accidents. Once the temperature outside starts dropping, that means it’s time to head over to your local air pump.

Have Your Battery Checked

It’s essential to have a long-lasting battery in the winter as it carries a lot of stress during the cold season. Parking your car in the garage can significantly help the strain on your car’s battery while warming up, but not everyone has that luxury. If you park your vehicle outside, make sure to get your battery tested often to make sure everything is running smoothly—some auto shops will even test your battery for free. Don’t wait until your car gives up on you this winter, be smart and plan ahead.

Test Your Heater and Defroster Regularly

No one wants to be stuck in a cold car. Before winter conditions worsen, check your vehicle’s window defroster and heater to ensure they are working correctly. A defroster is essential for harsh winters as they prevent your windows from icing up. A heater’s purpose is obvious, but it’s also vital as it keeps you warm throughout the season.

Make sure you also have gas in your tank, as you do not want to get stranded without heat or a defroster. It’s encouraged to keep an emergency kit in your car at all times in case an accident happens. In your kit, you should have:

  • Thermal blanket

  • Jumper cables

  • First-aid kit

  • Portable charger

  • Flares

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries from a snow-related accident, be sure to contact the Kolker Law Firm team today. Our team in Missouri has the dedication, experience, and success to make sure you are compensated for all damages caused by your accident.

Don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us by going to our website and filling out a consultation form or call us at (314) 684-8285.

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