Every year when cold weather arrives, most of us make a point to winterize our homes and our wardrobes in preparation for the inevitable snow and ice. However, it is of utmost importance that we take the time to winterize our vehicles as well. There are simple procedures that can be done with little expense to keep you and your loved ones safe in cold tumultuous weather.
Tips To Keep Your Car Going In Winter
Engines need the proper type of oil to run efficiently, and help lubricate the parts of the engine that will keep your car running as it should. Oil comes in different viscosity, or thicknesses, and the thicker the oil, the harder time it has doing its job. Cold temperatures during the winter can make oil seem that much thicker, so it may be necessary to choose a lighter oil for your engine during the cold months.
Antifreeze is a liquid that has a function worthy of it’s name, it will prevent your engine from freezing up when used in the proper equation. Most brands will come premixed with water in a 50:50 ratio making it easier for you to ensure you will not risk your engine freezing up in frigid temperatures.
3. Ice Build Up
Ice built up on the locks of your car can make it impossible to get inside. If you are somewhere that warm water is available, just pour a bit over the lock to melt away the ice. However, if you are unable to get warm water, glycerin in the form of a spray is available at most auto parts store, and should not be stored inside your car, rather kept on your person.
Most importantly, it is advisable to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. This kit should include the obvious, like flashlights, flares, battery cables, and a first aid kit, but should also include a heavy blanket, in the unfortunate event you are stuck in your car in freezing temperatures. It is also a good idea to keep a bag of ice salt should you become stuck, you can sprinkle salt in front of your tires to gain traction.