Winter can wreak havoc on your car, especially with cold temperatures, road grime, and harsh weather. That’s why it’s important to perform proper winter car care. From the tires to the battery, there are a few things you should keep in mind this winter season. Such maintenance and service can not only keep you save, but it can also prevent future breakdowns.
According to Autotrader, one of the most neglected—yet most important—features during winter months is lighting. The sun sets earlier in winter, which means you’ll be doing more nighttime driving. Plus, most precipitation calls for headlights as well. You should not only check to make sure that no lights are out, but you may also want to consider adjusting your headlight level to improve visibility. You can also treat your headlights with special chemicals to remove the yellowish layer that builds up on older vehicles.
Next, check the electrical. Cold temperatures and electricity don’t get along—that’s why you should take a look at the battery. Look for frayed wires or corroded battery terminals. Naturally, you should avoid contact with any live electrical components, as this could be dangerous. You might consider bringing your car in for a battery test, as a professional can tell you how much charge is left. No one wants to get stranded in the dead of winter.
Finally, check your tires. First, look at tire pressure. If you haven’t filled it recently, it’s probably low. That’s because tire pressure dips 1 psi for every 10 degrees (plus, tires lose pressure naturally over time). Also, look at the treads. The only way to get better grip is to get new tires (consider winter tires). Don’t be overconfident when it comes to four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive—these prevent you from getting stuck, but tire tread is how to really improve grip.
Follow these winter car care tips to stay safe and sound on the road or contact JBA Mitsubishi to help get your car ready for winter!