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Tips on Preparing a Car for Winter Challenges

Tips on Preparing a Car for Winter Challenges

Summer is a proper time to prepare your beloved 4-wheel daredevil for winter driving. Neglecting special preparation might leave you stranded out in the middle of nowhere during snowstorm or ice-slick. Hence, make a mental note of the activities to implement in order not to be trapped by nasty winter surprises.

1. Change your vehicle’s ‘shoes’. Summer tires (or 4-season ones) cannot cope with sleet, snowdrifts, and other extreme weather conditions. Consequently, it’s required that you should buy winter tires – either with studs or without them. Studs will lend a helping hand while driving on black-frosted roads. If you have a kit of used tires, check the tread depth and pressure weekly. The tread should be sound – otherwise, the car will show poor maneuverability.

2. Keep the engine away from freezing. Sub-zero temperature dramatically affects the motor’s operability, take alone diesel engines. The latter uses fuel prone to freezing. With the purpose to avoid such neglect, extract paraffin hydrocarbons from fuel. Electric motors as well as batteries consume more energy in winter. Hence, do not forget to charge-in them frequently for optimum performance.

3. Change the wipers. The minimal requirement from a driver is to check the operability of windshield cleaners. Of course, it’s always a good idea to acquire dedicated winter wipers and an additional brush for cleaning the glass from snow and mud. Do not forget to put some antifreeze in the cooling system just to keep the fluid in liquid condition.

4. Take care of the chassis. Humidity, hail and heavy snowfall (and reagents used by highway service for cleaning the roads) are key enemies of the chassis. Their impact might result in the appearance of scratches and corrosion. Therefore, make it a rule to polish the body and apply wax to scratches on weekly basis.

5. Check out the brakes and supplementary braking mechanisms for proper functionality.

6. Check the operability of fog lamps.

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