Winter is almost here which means, like most people, you’re probably preparing to spend the holidays with your loved ones. For most of us, that means traveling by car.
While most modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, winter’s unpredictable weather conditions present several safety concerns. So, before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is winter-ready with these winter auto care tips from the experts at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers.
Check Your Battery
A dead battery is the most common cause of auto breakdowns. Be sure to get your battery checked by a professional so your holiday travels aren’t suddenly interrupted by a faulty battery.
Due to the change in temperature, your vehicle’s ability to accept a charge decreases, so the battery doesn’t recharge as quickly as you drive. Seat heaters, lights, defrosters, car heaters, and windshield wipers are used more frequently during the winter season, also causing your battery to work harder.
Ensure that your battery is working properly by making sure you have enough charge left in your battery before you depart for vacation. You can do this at home by using nationa voltmeter, or your local mechanic can run a battery test and check your battery fluid for you.
Replace or Refill Fluids
If you are traveling up north during the holiday season, it is wise to check all of your car’s fluid levels including:
- Coolant- make sure you have the correct antifreeze/water ratio to keep fluid from freezing in your radiator.
- Oil- if you will be visiting a state where temperatures are below freezing, speak with your mechanic about switching to a thinner oil.
- Wiper fluid- keep your windshield clear by keeping your windshield wiper fluid level full. For best results, use freeze resistant wiper fluid.
Consider Your Tire Pressure and Tread
Don’t forget about your tires! Air contracts as it cools, meaning tire pressure changes with fluctuations in temperature. As a general rule, your tire pressure will drop one to two PSI for every ten-degree decrease in temperature.
Avoid safety issues due to under inflated tires. Proper tire pressure will also help you achieve the ultimate gas mileage, performance, and traction for your vehicle. Refer to your vehicle’s manual to find the correct tire pressure information for your car and check your PSI in the mornings for the most accurate reading.
Your Palm Beach County Auto Care Professionals
Is your car ready for your upcoming winter travels? Prepare your vehicle for cold temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions with an auto tune up from National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers.
Our team of skilled technicians are here to assist you with all your car maintenance needs, from vehicle repairs to preventative maintenance. Call National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers today and discover what our repair and maintenance services can do for you, or visit one of our three locations across Palm Beach County.
Have questions? Need repair? Give us a call or and ask about our free tow-ins and other specials!
West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497
Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551