Winterize for Safety
Posted: December 3, 2013
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…
Although we haven’t had much here yet. Snow always makes Christmas 100 times better.
Along with snow comes the hassle of driving in it. Before the winter season officially begins, make sure you winterize your car or truck so that when you are working or looking for scrap you don’t run into problems along the way.
Oil: Make sure that you are changing your oil when it needs to be changed. DO NOT WAIT until your engine oil light is on. It could be too late. You may also want to switch to a thinner oil in the winter so that it can run more smoothly when it is cold out.
Battery: Your battery doesn’t like the cold. It’s capacity is reduced during cold weather. Check your wiring. Loose or cracked cables can cause major problems. Also be sure to check your charge. A low charge and a bad alternator could lead to you sitting on the side of the road.
Tires: Snow tires can be a huge help during the winter months. If you are going to switch your tires, be sure to switch ALL FOUR. Switching only 2 will cause problems with your vehicle later on down the road.
Door handles & Locks: Locks can freeze in cold situations and forcing your key won’t do anything but break it. An “old-school” way to unfreeze your door lock would be to throw hot water on it but this is a theory that some disagree with seeing that the water u put on it could also freeze. A good thing to have around the house or at work would be a lock de-icer. The fluid is injected into the lock to unfreeze it. This is probably the most effective way to unlock your car lock.
And last but not least, keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. A good emergency kit will include:
- Battery Radio
- Engine Oil
- Washer Fluid
- Reflective Triangles