Don’t Forget To Winterize Your Vehicle

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By Myke2020 via Wikimedia Commons

One of the things that can easily make a young or inexperienced driver keel over real quick is the idea of ongoing vehicle maintenance. There are some things that the driver should do on a regular basis. One of those is vehicle winterization.

What does that mean exactly?

Vehicle winterization is the regular maintenance that every driver should perform just before the onset of winter. There are specific vehicle checks you should perform before cold weather hits to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly throughout the winter months. These include:

  • Add antifreeze – Do yourself a favor and buy a bottle of 50/50 mix. It has the right amount of water and antifreeze for your vehicle.
  • Check hoses – If you have leaky hoses, your fluids will drain. Even old hoses can crack, usually mid-winter, so replace them before the cold weather comes on.
  • Flush your radiator – Simply adding antifreeze sometimes isn’t enough. You should flush your radiator at least once a year. Flush, then add antifreeze.
  • Check your battery – Car batteries always seem to go dead in the winter. Cold weather actually has an effect on weak battery cells. Check the battery and open the caps to see if they are full.
  • Check your belts – Particularly your alternator belt.
  • Windshield wiper blades – Do they leave streaks? Do they clean the windshield with one swipe?
  • Tire tread – Low tread won’t get enough traction on the ice and slippery roads.
  • Brakes – If your brakes slip when the weather is nice, they will be worse in winter.

Be sure to perform your vehicle winterization checks and fix anything that needs to be fixed before the harsh weather hits.