How to Winterize Your Car or Truck

Winterize is the term used for preparing something for winter, and your automobile is no exception! You want to be ready for the wind, rain and snow before the dead of winter hits, and be prepared for any outcome.

In order to protect your car from freezing conditions, you must have a 50/50 mixture of anti-freeze in your radiator and reservoir. The best thing to do is completely drain the reservoir and re-fill it with this mixture, before Winter hits.

Inspect the Battery and Engine

Make sure your battery is free from wear, with no loose screws or caps. Get it tested by a professional to ensure it will withstand the cold temperatures. Inspect your coolant system for wears or leaks, and make sure you have no loose fuel lines, hoses or brake pipes. Check for leaks of oil, water/coolant and brake fluid. Get the appropriate repairs before Winter.

Winterize your Tires

Make sure there is no wear on your tires, and if you live in an area with high levels of snow, consider replacing them for snow tires. Make sure to get chains for your tires, and know how to use them before you have to. Get the air pressure of your tires, as well as the spare that you need to have in your trunk.

Windshield Wipers and Blades

Exchange your old wiper blades for all-season ones, if you don’t already have them. Inspect the rubber for wear and tear which can happen in the hot summer months. They don’t cost much, so getting new ones for the Winter season isn’t too much to ask. Don’t forget to check the levels of your washer fluid as well.

Be Prepared for Anything

The following is a list of things you should always carry in the car with you in the Winter months, just in case. You want to be prepared for anything, including getting caught in a snowstorm!

Sunscreen and Sunglasses
Snow Hat
Snow Boots
Scarf and Gloves
Warm Clothes
Snow Brush
Ice Scraper (Cat litter also works)
Bottles of Water and Packaged Food
Small Collapsible Shovel
Road Flares
Cell Phone, with towing company programmed in
First Aid Kit

Post Author: Terry J. Key