AB Towing and Auto Recycle Talks About How To Take Care Of Your Car During The Winter

Whether you are new to Colorado or live in a snowy area, it is important to know how to take proper care of your car during these cold winter months. Taking proper care of your car during all seasons and weather conditions can lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle. Let’s take a look at some of the basic things you can do to make sure your car stays running smoothly this winter!

Have Your Vehicle Serviced

It is always important to have a professional mechanic take a look at your vehicle every once in a while, but it is especially important to do this in the winter time. Having your car serviced regularly can help catch problems before they happen so you don’t end up stranded somewhere in the freezing cold! The cold weather and road conditions can affect your battery, cooling system, and brakes so make sure they are all in good shape before you hit the road!

Winter Tires

All-season tires will get you through this winter, however if you live closer to the mountains or take a trip to a snowier place you may want to think about switching to winter tires for the season. All-season tires have the tendency to harden and lose traction during below freezing temperatures. Winter tires are specially built to withstand freezing temperatures and will provide you with better traction when driving on roads covered in snow, slush, and ice.

Air Pressure

If you have had your vehicle for a few winters now you may have experienced your car telling you that your tires are low on air. The fluctuating cold weather of winter can cause tires to deflate. To know how inflated your tires should be, you can check your car manual for a recommended PSI number. Keeping your tire pressure between 32 and 35 PSI is usually a good estimate. Checking your tire pressure regularly and adding air to your tires as needed is an important step to take care of your tires and make sure they last through the winter, as well as for your safety and the safety of others on the road!

Winter Safety Kit

Everyone should have a winter safety kit in their car in case of an emergency. You never know when your car might putter to a stop on the side of a highway. Some items you should have in your emergency kit include: matches, a flashlight, an extra pair of clothes, a blanket, a shovel, jumper cables, antifreeze, flares, and a tool kit. 

Keep Your Tank Full

During the winter months, it is important to keep your gas tank above half full at all times. Having a filled tank will prevent your gas line from freezing up and will make sure your car stays warm. If your car does break down, having enough gas to keep your engine going may be the only thing keeping you warm. Fill ‘er up!

With these tips and tricks you will be prepared for anything! By servicing your car, checking your tires, and keeping fluid levels high, you will easily make it through Colorado winters! If your car does happen to break down this winter, you can call AB Towing and Auto Recycle to help you out!
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