Though we are already in the throes of winter, the worst is yet to come. It is never too late to begin preparing your car for the worst of the cold the weather. Despite the moderately low temperatures and lack of snow, driving your car in the Los Angeles winter can still be perilous if you don’t winterize your car in advance. Use the tips below to ensure your vehicle work’s properly during the next few months and guarantee your family stays safe in case of a winter weather issue.
Keep a Winter Supply Box in your Car
Put together an emergency kit for your vehicle and store it in your trunk all season long. Gathering supplies for a winter emergency can make a huge difference if you ever find yourself living out the worst-case scenario. Stock the winter supply box with essentials like road flares, a flashlight, a radio, blankets, extra gloves, a first aid kit, an ice scraper, a bag of road sand (for extra traction), water, and high-energy snacks like protein bars or trail mix.
Clean the Windshield Using Shaving Cream
Surprisingly, shaving cream contains a lot of the same active ingredients as defoggers. To avoid foggy windows this winter, coat the interior of your car windows with a thin layer of shaving cream. Wipe off the cream and voila! Your windows will now be fog-free when you’re driving.
Test the Coolant and Antifreeze Levels
When the temperature drops, the only thing that keeps your engine from freezing is the antifreeze. Because both of these liquids are so important to your car, it’s vital to inspect the levels before the worst of the winter weather arrives. You can purchase an engine coolant levels testing kit at almost any auto supply store. Using this kit will let you know if your car has enough coolant or if you need to add more. To check the antifreeze levels, follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the manual that came with your car.
Check the Tire Pressure and Tread Depth
To remain safe on the road during the winter, you should also ensure your tires are in tip-top shape. Begin by checking the tire pressure with a gauge that you can buy at an auto supply store. Refer to the car’s instruction manual to learn the proper pressure level. If the tires need more air, you can fill them at your local gas station. To check the treads, all you need is a penny. Insert the coin into the tire’s tread with the top of Lincoln’s head pointing inward. If you can see Lincoln’s head in its entirety, you will need to replace your tires sooner rather than later.
Utilize Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid
Did you know that they make windshield wiper fluid specifically for the winter? This special winter fluid is designed to thrive in the cold weather and won’t freeze on the windshield. You can purchase this at any auto supply store and make the switch for the colder months.
Store Your Car for the Season
Let’s face it, some cars just aren’t made for the winter. Sometimes the best thing you can do is store your vehicle for the season until the warmer weather comes. Luckily, car storage in Los Angeles, CA, is convenient, simple, and affordable. Contact us at Autotopia for more information about storing your car this winter.