It’s that time of year again – winter. Not only has the temperature dropped, but snow has also dropped as well. Now that snow is on the ground and the holiday season is in the air, you might be curious about how your vehicle will handle this colder weather. Whether you are driving to the mall for holiday shopping or just visiting a loved one, it is important to prepare your vehicle for the cold. Below are a few steps you can take to winterize your vehicle.
Test your tire pressure
Because cold weather causes a decrease of air pressure inside of your tires, you should always make sure your tires are adequately inflated at all time, especially in the winter. If you are new to checking the air pressure in your tires, don’t worry. Understanding that every time the weather drops 10 degrees, your tire pressure drops about 1psi also. With this in mind, your tires will be ready to tackle the snowy roads.
Check your battery
The battery in your vehicle is essential for its main function – driving. Not only do batteries become slow in the winter, but they also require more currents to start the engine. Because batteries become less powerful, as well as require more power in cold weather, it is essential that you check the battery in your vehicle. Checking your battery will ensure that your vehicle will start every cold winter morning.
Create an emergency kit
Emergencies happen when you least expect them to, so why wouldn’t you want to be prepared for whatever life throws your way? One way to be prepared is to create an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle at all times. You can find numerous lists of essential items to include in your kit, or tailor your emergency kit to your family’s needs. Either way, this kit will come in handy when an emergency arises.