Winter Car Care Tips
What’s the best way to protect your car this winter? Here we are our tips on selecting winter tires, stocking emergency car kits, and how to power your battery.
Winter can wreak havoc on your vehicle and make driving dangerous. Between icy conditions, freezing cold, road salt, and falling sludge, it can seem like a lot to deal with. To keep your car running well in winter, to avoid car repairs, and to prevent winter road accidents, here are nine best practices for preparing your car and yourself for winter conditions.
1. Proper Winter Tire Pressure — Cold temperatures condense the air in your tires, diminishing tire pressure and increasing the likelihood of skidding on slick roads. Keep yourself safe this winter by regularly checking your tire pressure and adding air as needed throughout the season. If you have any questions, be sure to call or stop by one of our locations in Evanston, Northbrook, or Wilmette.
2. The Importance of Winter Tires — What makes winter tires better than regular tires? They’re more flexible and have more aggressive tread, meaning they prevent more skids in winter months. People living in cold areas should definitely consider switching their tires for the season. Call HEART Certified Auto Care, and we can discuss your options for winter tires.
3. The Season for Lights — Headlights, that is. Longer hours of darkness coupled with treacherous weather makes it more important in winter that your headlight bulbs are bright and your headlight lenses are clean. Check both to make sure they illuminate well. If not, visit us at HEART and we’ll light up your car in no time.
4. Defrost Your Defroster — Test your front and rear defrosters before winter gets too intense. If they’re not working properly, see us at HEART Evanston, HEART Northbrook, or HEART Wilmette, for a quick and easy inspection.
5. Windshield Wiper Fluid in Winter — Clear windshields are a must in winter. When darkness falls, snow showers down, and trucks sling icy sludge every which way, so you need to be able to clear your windshield quickly. Regularly check your windshield wiper fluid to guarantee you’re ready to clear off whatever comes your way.
6. Pick the Right Anti-Freeze — The purpose is in the name: anti-freeze prevents your engine from freezing in cold weather, saving you costly car repairs. Stay safe this winter by refilling your anti-freeze regularly. And if you have questions, call HEART Certified Auto Care for a quick answer.
7. Power Up Your Battery — If your engine starts a bit slower than usual, you may need to replace your battery. Don’t wait until the battery is dead! Bring in your car to one of our HEART locations in Evanston, Northbrook or Wilmette, so we can test your battery.
8. Keeping Up with the Gas Tank — Running on empty is never a good idea, but it’s especially terrible in winter. Maintaining a full tank of gas not only prevents any accumulated water from collecting in your tank, but guarantees you have enough fuel to get where you’re going — no one wants to be stranded when a snow storm hits, nor does anyone want the auto repair bill that goes with it.
9. Stock an Emergency Kit in Your Car — Each and every car your family drives should be stocked with an emergency winter kit that includes flares, bottled water, an ice scraper, a flashlight, a first aid kit, cellphone charger, jumper cables, and a warm blanket. You can prevent hypothermia and other winter road disasters if you’re prepared.
And be sure to stop by one of HEART’s locations in Evanston, Northbrook, or Wilmette to experience our exclusive 33 point auto inspection!