With winter fast approaching, it will soon be time for us to drive on roads caked in snow, ice, and road salt. These conditions are dangerous for drivers. You must ensure that your car is not only prepared for such conditions but is also protected from them.
Invest In Winter Tires
When the weather is fair, any tire will suffice to ferry you around to run errands. But when the cold chill of winter sets in, your summer tires will prove to be no match for the snow and ice. A good set of winter tires will provide you with better traction in cold, icy conditions. The rubber of the tire is specially designed to remain flexible in cold conditions which improve its traction. In addition, winter tire treads are designed with deeper treads to cut through snow to improve performance.
Rubber Mats For Car Interior
During winter, you and your family will spend many days climbing in and out of your car with shoes covered in snow and road salt. Road salt has the potential to rot the floorboards of your car over time. The best way to protect the interior of your car from the damages of road salt is to purchase rubber mats to cover the floor of your vehicle. When shopping for protective floor mats, be sure to purchase mats that provide maximum coverage. You may end up spending a little more now, but it’ll be cheaper than having to buy a new car.
Coat Your Car Against Rust
Winter conditions bring a perfect storm of water and salt that cause the rusting and corrosion of the undercarriage of your car. An effective way to protect your car against both rust and corrosion is to take your car to an automotive shop to have your car oiled using a rust proofing spray. This mineral based oil will seep into the deepest parts of your frame and prevent water from setting in and beginning the rusting process.
Change Your Oil
The cold temperatures and rugged conditions of winter can wreak havoc on your car’s engine. To ensure your engine is protected from the ravages of winter, be sure to get an oil change when the temperatures start dropping. Switch your car over to a multi-viscosity oil that has a W in the viscosity index. This means that the oil is designed for winter use and won’t thicken when exposed to cold temperatures.
Protect Your Windshield
Your windshield plays a very important role in your ability to drive safely through perilous winter conditions. To help keep your windshield clear of ice, consider adding an antifreeze and cleaner fluid into your windshield washer fluid. When mixed properly, this additive can keep your windshield free of frost and clean with minimal effort on your part.
Your car is not only your source of transportation, it is also a fortress of protection for you and your family while you’re traveling. Keep your mobile fortress in optimal shape by utilizing these winter protections so that it can continue to serve its purpose efficiently and effectively.