Different weather and different terrains have various kind of effects on the car that you own. Winters are especially hard on your vehicles and therefore it is best that you take the best possible care of your cars in the cold winter months. There are a couple of ways in which you can ensure that your car battles the onslaught of cold brought by winters and remains in excellent condition throughout those months.
Keep a keen eye on the level of antifreeze
In areas of subzero temperatures, where it constantly snows. Just remember to always check the level of antifreeze in the engine almost every time you take the car out. You do not want to be stuck in the middle of the road, in freezing cold just because your car’s engine ran out of antifreeze.
Additionally, you should always switch off your car before you check the level of antifreeze in your car!
Check your car’s tire pressure regularly, heres a cool article from bridgestone tires that highlights the basics.
As a rule of thumb just remember that for every 10 degrees change in temperature the pressure of air inside the tire varies. This is why you should schedule regular visits to the workshop to ensure that the tires have optimum air pressure in them.
Another important thing to note is that different tires have different optimum working conditions. So you need to ensure that the tire pressure in your tires is equivalent to the one specified in the manual.
Manuals usually prescribe the users of the optimum car pressure in both hot and cold days.
The tire depth
When it snows or even when it rains you could use all the friction you possibly can get to ensure maximum car stability. The deeper the tire depth, the greater the friction and thus greater the stability on slippery roads. To check for tire depth, you could submerge a ruler in the grooves and measure it, or alternatively you could also use a coin. When placed head down, the face on the coin should not show. If it shows, then that means there is an issue with the tire depth and the car will have lots of problems maintaining balance on roads.
Your brakes need to be in excellent condition
This is one area, if neglected could potentially cause massive damage. It is highly recommended that you have your breaks checked regularly. In winters, you should schedule visits to the workshops on periodic bases and you need to keep to the schedule that you set.
You can even check your brakes at home. The brake pads can be seen through the rims. Just ensure that the brake pad is in excellent condition, it should be about a sixteenth of an inch in width.
All in all, for the best possible results you need to do regular maintenance on your car. Especially in winter months you should be very vigilant and take extra care of your vehicle. The slightest of negligence on your part could lead to massive issues.