Preparing your Car for Winter Weather

14902765_10154773246932566_6569126031986640540_oIt’s that time of year again. Time to prepare our vehicles, and ourselves, for colder Broomfield Colorado temperatures. If you live in a place that gets lots of snow, ice and below freezing weather, it’s essential that you prepare your car for winter driving.

Here is a list of a few things you can do to keep your car operating safely throughout the Broomfield winter and during extreme weather conditions.

Schedule a Service Appointment
While it is important to service your car throughout the year, doing so before winter is a good preventative maintenance practice. Bring your car into your mechanic to check the battery, heater, tires, coolant/antifreeze system, lights, and brakes. By doing so, you minimize the hassle and avoid the risk of having your car break down during sever weather.

Change your Oil
Cold Broomfield temperatures cause oil to thicken, which can prevent it from lubricating your engine and cause damage. Have your mechanic use an oil that is low viscosity to help prevent thickening and damage to your engine.

Change out your Wiper Blades
Having this done annually is a good rule of thumb. The rubber on wiper blades wears out and cracks throughout the year, making them ineffective in bad weather conditions. Ask your mechanic if they have winter wiper blades, which work better than regular wiper blades.

Check your Tires for Pressure and Depth
Be sure you examine your tires for remaining tread life, cupping, and uneven wearing. It’s also important to check the air pressure in your tires every week, as it tends to decrease in cold weather.
If you live in an area that sees a lot of snow, you may want to consider installing snow tires. Winter tires are made of cold-resistant rubber and have deeper tread, therefore giving you better traction in snow and are better equipped to handle extreme weather driving conditions.

Put an Emergency Box in your Car
Breakdowns are more common in winter months. In the event of your car breaking down, having things you need to survive will be vital until help arrives.
Your emergency box should include: Flashlight, Gloves, Warm Blanket, First Aid Kit, Cell Phone Battery Pack, Water and Snacks, Matches or Lighter

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