Winter Maintenance Checklist – 3 Items To Pay Heed To
Snowy winters are extremely rare in Mississippi, but they’re not unheard of; thus, it is best to be prepared!
To assist you in getting ready for whatever the winter may throw at you, we’ve compiled a list of three things to pay attention to right now in order to keep your automobile safe, just in case there is snowfall these winter months.
Tires Need Love:
You might think tires aren’t a big deal, but you’d be surprised at how critical they are for safe driving. Check tire pressure regularly and top off as needed – low PSI can lead to unsafe driving conditions like blowouts or skidding. You may also want to consider getting your hands on snow tires.
Snow tires are softer than all-season tires, allowing them to maintain resilience even in the coldest of temperatures. These tires have tread designs that provide excellent traction in snow and ice. However, snow tires aren’t a quick solution. They won’t eliminate your car’s propensity to slip and skid, but they do provide more excellent traction than regular tires.
Treat Your Windshield Wipers:
All year, your windscreen is kept clear of rain, dust, pollen, and other airborne particles, thanks to the wiper blades. They also work harder in the winter when temperatures drop below zero to ensure that your windscreen is free of snow and ice for optimum visibility. However, they need your uninterrupted attention when necessary. Here are a few tips:
- When you park outside, lift the wiper blades off the windscreen
- Don’t forget to cover your wipers with a cloth when parked outside
- If your nozzles are clogged, use a deicer or a pin to clear them.
- If your wipers are leaving streaks, it might mean that the blades need replacing.
- Never use boiling water to clear your windscreen and wiper blades.
Battery – Bring on the Power
A battery is the brain of the car. You don’t want your vehicle to suffer from a brain freeze when the temperatures plummet. A battery that is not functioning will leave you stranded during winter weather conditions. A simple way to test if your battery needs some TLC is to start your car and turn on the heater (or any other electronic device) – If the engine turns off, then you know there’s an issue with your battery. Here are a few tips for caring for your car battery:
- Make sure the terminals are clean and free of corrosion
- Turn off interior lights and disconnect other accessories when the car isn’t in use
- Avoid letting the battery run completely dead
- Ensure that your battery is adequately charged, especially if it’s been sitting unused for an extended period
- If you have to store your car during winter, disconnect the battery (this will help prevent it from discharging)
By making sure your tires are properly inflated, your battery is well-charged and free of corrosion, and that your wiper blades aren’t leaving streaks on the windshield, you can drive safely during the cold temperatures. Mandal Buick/GMC, serving Long Beach, MS, is available to service your car and get it ready just in case there’s snow this winter. Schedule a service today!