With record cold and snowfall already blanketing our country, it’s sure to be a long and treacherous winter.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop for the weather. That means many of us will be driving in our cars in freezing, snowy conditions.
My Alarm Center wants you driving and traveling in a safe manner this holiday season. Here are our top tips about how to prepare your car for winter weather.
Check the Battery
Heat and cold are hard on batteries. You don’t want to be stalled because of a dead battery and you’ll need a strong battery to power your vehicle in inclement weather. Have your mechanic inspect the battery and charging system for top performance.
Winter magnifies performance issues with your car. It’s wise to get a tune up (if you are due for one) prior to the onset of winter.
Your brakes are the most important safety feature of your vehicle. Have them inspected for proper operation.
Emergency Safety Kit
Get a comprehensive kit of items to help you with on-the-road emergencies as they arise. Amazon, Google or your local hardware stores are all great places to one-stop shop for Safety Kits.
Tire tread depth and tire pressure is key. Check tire pressure weekly, as it can fluctuate greatly in cold temperatures. See how to measure tire tread depth with a coin. If you drive in lots of snow and ice, you may want special snow tires. Check with your local tire retailer for more tire safety recommendations.
Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. Most manufacturers recommend you do this every two years.
In Your Garage
There are three things we recommend to protect your car while it is parked in your garage. A car cover helps protect your car from freezing, snow, water and other damage. A battery charger is nice to have when needed to start your car. And don’t forget to close your garage door and turn on the portion of your home alarm system that protects the garage. After all, your car is a valued resource in your life. With a little bit of care and attention, it will help keep you safe when driving this winter.