We know it still feels early, so don’t get angry with us for reminding you that winter is coming (as if a certain immensely popular HBO show hasn’t pounded that into your brain already). We here at Wantagh Mazda just want you to be prepared, so we’ve whipped together a couple of vehicle winterizing tips to keep you safe from swerving, stalling, and skidding on the roads this winter.
First and foremost, a solid set of snow tires is always your best bet for increasing your safety on winter roads. For virtually any car, your traction over snow and ice will be drastically improved. And while we’re talking about tires, make sure your tire pressure meets the standards stated in your owner’s manual. The fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on your pressure.
Test your fluids—refill your wiper reservoir (and get new wipers, while you’re at it) with de-icing fluid. Check to make sure your antifreeze is the proper blend of 50% water and 50% coolant.
As with tire pressure, the cold decrease the power of your car’s battery by up to 50%. If you’ve been experiencing any of the tell-tale signs of a faulty battery, like malfunctioning electronics or a coughing ignition, or if you’re just driving an older vehicle and haven’t gotten a new battery in a while, now might be the time to replace it with a new one.
That’s in for our quick list of vehicle winterizing tips, but there are always more ways to stay safe. Talk to a professional or give our service department a call for more information.