Is your car ready for winter? Probably not. But don’t feel bad.
Over one-quarter of driving accidents each year are affected by dangerous winter weather conditions, resulting in vehicle and property damage, injury and death. That’s why it’s so important to make sure, as heavy rain, snow, sleet, fog, wind and ice return, that you, your family and car are protected.
Most students don’t worry about winterizing their vehicle until after the first snowfall. Usually, the cost and hassle is a factor. We don’t want to spend any money on our vehicle until it’s necessary.
But getting ready for winter doesn’t have to be a huge expense or pain. Just follow a few quick steps and cut costs, not corners.
1) Your Tires
Winter tires make a huge difference in safely controlling your vehicle in snow and mud. If you still have your winter tires on from winter 2010, they don’t count.
Buying winter tires can be an expense, but you can save some money buy googling “used tires” and your town. A lot of shops and garages used tires that have outlasted their previous car, and still, have lots of miles left on them.
2) Your Scraper
Your car is worth thousands, but the key to protecting can be bought at the dollar store. It’s simple, you have to be able to see out of your windows, and there’s no substitute for a decent scrapper. CD cases and credit cards do the job too, but come on!
3) Your Oil
Cold temperatures may mean you’ll want to use a thinner viscosity engine oil to make sure you ’re still lubricating moving parts over the colder months. A little bit of money spent on oil saves you nightmarish costs later.