Did you know that in recent years, there have been almost 500 fatal car accidents per year due to icy road conditions? The tricky thing is that many of these accidents could have been avoided. You can avoid getting into an accident while saving money on potentially costly foreign auto repair by bearing in mind the following 5 crucial car winterization tips.
Clean and Treat Your Mats
Cleaning and treating your floor mats at the dealership is not necessarily a safety issue, but it can save you a lot of headaches. It can also save you money. If you can treat your floor mats at the beginning of the season or even before the season starts, then you can make your floor mats more resistant to the salt, ice, and mud that will be tracked into your vehicle.
Use the Right Washer Fluid
During the summer, using water instead of washer fluid might be a good idea. However, during the winter you should be using a washer fluid that will not freeze and works better to remove the salt and grime that is kicked up from other cars on the road.
Use Higher-Quality Oil
It is actually a common belief that filling your tank with the lighter-grade oil is better for your car in the winter. Always make sure that regardless of what any experts are telling you that you are consulting your owner’s manual before every oil change to determine what oil you should be using. Furthermore, it is of particular importance during the winter that you are getting your regular oil changes at the dealership to reduce your chances of needing auto repair. It is especially important to book your oil change appointments at a dealership that is familiar with the make and model of your vehicle specifically.
Change Your Wiper Blades Early
The best time to change your wiper blades is not when you are on the road in horrible weather. You should never wait until you are unable to see through the streaks on your windshield. The ideal time to change your windshield wipers is well before you even need them, long before your visibility is actually affected. Make it a habit to get your windshield wipers replaced before winter sets in.
Have an Emergency Kit on Hand
Finally and most importantly, be sure to have an emergency kit on hand. You never want to make the mistake of thinking that it will never happen to you, that you will never find yourself stranded on the side of the road. If this unfortunate situation does happen to you, you should be prepared for it with all the essentials: nonperishable food, flares, a window scraper, warm blankets, additional antifreeze, and tire chains.