Winter and Your Car: How Cold Weather Affects Autos

The cold weather months are finally upon us. While we don’t have to deal with the oppressive heat and humidity of the summer months, winter means getting up earlier to warm up your car and shorter daylight hours, both of which can make it all the more important that your car or truck is running properly.

If you’re one of those who have a remote start kit, you can get ready from the comfort of your home or office, but there’s more to be aware of in the winter than just needing some extra time for your car to warm up. The cold can also cause problems with a range of other systems in your vehicle. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind with your vehicle this winter.

Check Your Fluids Often

In the cold weather, your fluids can freeze up and take longer to flow freely within the lines of your car. This can include nearly every fluid, from transmission and brake fluids to your power steering fluid and oil. Even your gasoline can be susceptible to problems in the extreme cold weather. As a result, it’s vital to keep a close watch on the fluids in your vehicle to ensure everything is filled properly and in good working order. Check dipsticks weekly or every other week or top off your tank if you’re running low and make sure everything is working properly all winter long.

Check Your Tire Pressure

As most of us know, cold makes things shrink and that includes air. It’s why during the winter, your tires can end up being a little bit flat and deflated, especially if you haven’t driven in a while. When this happens, more of your tire comes into contact with the road which can accelerate wear or make you more likely to have a flat. Check your tire pressure at least once per week in the winter to ensure they are properly inflated and in good working condition.

Check Your Windshield Wipers

In addition to checking your wiper fluids, a good thing to do in the winter months is to make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order. If ever there’s a wintery day while you’re driving, you want to make sure you can still see safely enough to get home. Test your wipers and make sure they are in contact with all of your windshield so that they can do their job of clearing away moisture and ensuring you can see clearly to get back home in one piece.

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