Fall quickly arrived in the Denver area this year! It’s a good idea to make sure your vehicle is ready for all this cooler weather before freezing temperatures arrive. Preparing in advance helps you get to your destinations safely. Here are 3 ways to prepare your car for colder weather:
1. Winterize Your Fluids
Antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing. Either check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels yourself with a kit, or bring it in to us at Accountable Auto Care and we’ll make sure your vehicle is ready for colder temperatures.
Your windshield wiper fluid should be switched out for a “winter” formula. Wiper fluid is a key player in keeping snow and sleet from freezing on your windshield. This maintains your visibility and helps keep you driving safely.
At your next oil change, switch to a winter-grade oil. Engine oils need to have a lower cold weather viscosity grade to keep your engine running smoothly.
2. Check Your Tires
Good tires are essential to safe driving in winter weather. Regularly make sure your tire pressure is at the right level, and head over to your favorite gas station if your tires need air.
Don’t forget to check the tread on your tires also. You want at least 4/32 inch tread depth for winter weather driving. A quick way to check is to put a quarter in the groove with Washington’s head upside down. If the tread touches his head, you have at least 4/32 inch of tread depth remaining.
If you spend a lot of time heading up to the ski runs, you may want to install winter tires to make it easier and safer to get around.
3. Keep an Emergency Supply Kit
It’s time to put your winter emergency supply kit back in the car. This should contain everything you need in case something goes wrong on the road during the winter months. We recommend using a durable plastic storage bin that will keep things tidy.
Check to make sure you have this list of things in the box:
• Flashlight and batteries
• Road flares and matches
• First aid kit
• Extra gloves, socks and boots
• Change of warm clothes
• Bag of sand for traction and shovel
• Extra ice scraper
• Water and high energy, non-perishable snacks
• Extra antifreeze
Another key component to safe winter driving is servicing your vehicle. Come see Accountable Auto Care and we will make sure your vehicle is ready for driving in the cold winter months ahead.