With the Holidays (and maybe even El Nino) right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about colder weather, darker days, and rough road conditions are ahead.
Preparing your car for winter before the storms hit, will help keep your car and renters safe. The Getaround Fleet Team has a few helpful tips to get your car ready:
Little Things First
Bad weather can be hard on vehicles and tough for drivers. Take time to check on some of often overlooked maintenance items that can help ensure a safer drive:
- When was last time you replaced your wiper blades? Unsure, time for new ones.
- Check your headlights’ alignment and function.
- Inspect your windshield glass for cracks or imperfections.
- Check your oil, brake fluid, and coolant; add anti-freeze according to your vehicle’s manufacturer guidelines.
- Top off your fluids to ensure reliable engine performance.
Watch Your Wheels
Driving with under-inflated or bald tires in ice and snow can be disastrous. Check your tires for even wear across the tire’s surface, and ensure your tires have adequate tread. Consider rotating them if wear is uneven, or changing out to an all-season tire if you live in snow and ice.
Measure your tire’s pressure – as temperature drops – so does pressure. You may find that your tires require more air to meet the recommended PSI in colder weather.
Lastly, check your car’s spare tire. If you had to use it now, are all the needed tools present for use and tire good to go?
Test your Battery
Few things are worse than a car that won’t start, leaving you out in the cold. Since Connect™ does pull a small amount of battery power, request your battery’s cold cranking amps be tested. A low CCA is an indication that your battery will have problems starting the car. Inspect for corrosion on the terminals or bad connections.
Accessorize for Winter
During the colder months, it’s more important than ever to be prepared. Make sure to have a window scraper, flashlight, jumper cables, bottle of water, first aid kit, and blanket in the car at all times. If there is room in your vehicle, consider road salt or kitty litter to provide traction on ice or snow.