Now that we’re experiencing bone chilling temps, if that vehicle has been prepped up for the winter, there should be no problems. Just in case, you procrastinated, and you only took care of souping up your laptop memory and left the task of winter-proofing your vehicle before the winter, here’s some ideas.
Using the right antifreeze mix is very important. The engine of a vehicle needs to be cooled even in the middle of the winter. The optimal combination of antifreeze and water is fifty-fifty and that is even in temperatures dipping down to as low as 34 below zero. Should you not want to do the blending yourself, there are pre-mixed formulas out there in the market. You should also ensure that your windshield wiper fluid has an additive that helps melt ice. This will take the scraping job out in the bitter cold. And please don’t forget to check your tires. Remember, that worn down tires ups the risks of skidding and hydroplaning. The treads of your tires should have a minimum of 5/32 of an inch depth in the grooves. Better yet, if your budget allows, outfit your vehicle with snow tires. Last but not the least, you have to be ready for emergencies as you can get stuck. It’s best to carry a shovel, sand or kitty litter for traction, jumper cables, and a flashlight. Oh, and don’t forget to stash a blanket in your trunk.