Six tips to take care of your vehicle in winter

Come winter and you start worrying about your winter car care. A lot of motorists think that antifreeze and batteries would help the cause, but that is not the case. In reality, vehicles need much more attention when temperatures keep on dropping below zero. Here are six quick and important tips to help your vehicle perform at its best during cold weather months.

1)    Maintain the Gas tank level: Keep the gas tank at least half full; this will decrease the chance of moisture forming in the gas lines and would prevent them from possible freezing.

2)    Keep the tire pressure in check: Keep a close eye on the tire pressure, including the spare one. This is applicable at all times but especially in winters because the tires can lose pressure when temperatures drop. Snow and ice a problem in your are? – You should consider special tires in that case.

3)    Check the exhaust system: Have your exhaust system checked frequently for carbon monoxide leaks. The carbon monoxide leaks can be especially dangerous in the cold weather driving when windows of your car are closed.

4)    Correctly warm up your car: If you are not trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior, modern day cars are probably ready to be driven right away. Idling longer than a minute in most cases is unnecessary for the sake of warming up the engine. The best way to warm up your car is to drive gently at the start.

5)    Use correct oil: Viscosity of the oil you are using for your vehicle is an important thing. Change to low viscosity oil in winter.  The low viscosity oils will flow more easily between moving parts even when it is cold. Drivers in sub zero temperatures should drop their oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30.  The reason behind this is thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.

6)    Use correct wind shield blades: You should probably consider using cold weather washer fluid and special winter windshield blades if you live in a place with especially harsh winter conditions.

Sub zero temperatures can have a real impact on your vehicle. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling, and very cold temperatures reduce battery power. If you have not had your vehicle checked recently, a thorough and neat vehicle inspection is probably a good idea so that you can avoid the aggravation and the unexpected cost of a breakdown in freezing weather

As a precaution, motorists must always be sure that their vehicle is stocked with an emergency kit containing an ice scraper and a snow brush, cables, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication – at least the first aid. Take care of thee little things and enjoy your ride.