Winter-Proof Your Car

The cold winter months can take a toll on your vehicle. There are several things that can go wrong when the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall. Good thing Parking Panda is here to give you some tips on how to Winterize your car. A few simple steps can make sure you get optimal performance out of you car and that you are driving safely this winter.

Take your car for a full check-up: Make sure that your mechanic focuses on your battery, antifreeze, and brakes. Your battery and antifreeze can be harshly affected by lower temperatures, so these need to be up to snuff so your car can start and operate properly. Your brakes are the biggest safety feature on your car, so these need to be ready for slick roads. While you’re there have the mechanic double-check your thermostat, heater and defroster as well.

Check your tire tread depth and air pressure: If snow and ice are a problem in your area, you need to make sure that your tire tread is capable of handling it. If the tread is too low, you will want to replace the tires. Don’t know how deep your tread should be? Use the penny trick. Consider getting snow tire, which are designed to better grip wet ground. Your air pressure needs to be adequate and should be checked regularly throughout the winter months.

Upgrade your wipers and wiper fluid: Winter can be a tough time for your windshield wipers. You will want to upgrade them to winter wipers, designed to cut through snow and ice on your windshield. Additionally, wiper fluid can freeze when the temperatures drop. Consider replacing your wiper fluid with a brand that is designed not to freeze. These steps will help keep your windshield clean and clear all winter long.

Double check all exterior lights: You need to make sure that all of your exterior lights are operating at an optimal level. Snow, rain and extended dark hours can make it harder for you to see and for other drivers to see you. Replace any bulbs that aren’t working and clean the exterior lights so that the maximum amount of light is being emitted. A quick and inexpensive way to do this is to use toothpaste.

Use these helpful tips to keep your car in top working condition this winter. We want you to be traveling safely and parking happy!

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