When it’s winter, expect an increase on the number of car breakdowns. Any car repairs that you are trying to postpone could cause more problems for you. So, it is better to address them before the temperature plummets even further. Before you plan your holiday trips, make sure to do some driving checks on your car.
In this blog post, I will provide you a guide to prevent the unnecessary breaking down of your car. This winter, before you head off to your vacation, do a regular on the following things:
Your number one concern should be the fuel. Check if the fuel tank has enough juice for your journey. This may seem to be a no-brainer tip, but there are people, who still run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere.
It is extremely important during wintertime because you would not want to get stranded out there in freezing cold temperatures. Avoid unnecessary setbacks by refueling ahead of time.
Aside from the fuel, oil levels can deplete. Check if your car is low on oil because this can cause breakdowns. Worse, it will damage your engine.
Use a dipstick to check on the oil level, and if you find it on the minimum level, top it up immediately. Do not wait for the last minute for you to replenish. If you need help in identifying the type of oil you, this information is written on owner’s manual. Always refer to your car’s handbook to know what kind of oil is necessary.
Tires and Wipers
The third tips requires you to check the rubbers of your car, and this step includes the tires and the wiper blades. Before you go, inspect for any tire wear. See you if notice any tear racks, obvious cracks, and bulges. Lastly, you should check the tread depth of the tires.
Generally, the acceptable tread level is 1.6mm on usual days. However, during winter, you allocate a larger share. You should have, at least, 3mm of tread to aid with the grip and traction.
Aside from the tread depth, you also check the tire pressure. You should check the owner’s manual for the correct inflation levels of your tires. Remember, your tires are your link to the road. Hence, it is essential in safe driving.
Other than the tires, your wiper blades are also necessary for your safety. Do note that the wipers are made of rubber so they will eventually wear out. From time to time, you need to inspect for cracks, and replace them if necessary.
Also, check them if there are still effective in cleaning and clearing dusts and other particles. This is especially important during winter because wiper blades can malfunction. It tends to get frozen and it would not be able to clear out the snow.
If you find them stuck on your windshield, you can use warm water to unfreeze them. Take note: only use warm water (and NOT hot water!)
Finally, cover the windshield with a blanket or any sheet to prevent the snow from accumulating on top of your car. For more of this topic, read Tips in Lessening the Chances of Your Car Breaking Down in Cold Weather (Part 2)