5 tips to prepare your car for winter.

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5 tips to prepare your car for winter.

Our winter coats and long boots may save us from the chilly wind, but what about the car?

As December approaches, the last thing you want to do is get stuck on a snowy day.

Finding a mechanic and getting your car repaired becomes even more difficult when you have a family behind the wheel.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure your car is winter-proofed.

Here are 5 winter car care tips that will keep you and your family out of harm’s way during the cold season.

Preparing your car for winter is a checklist.

You can minimize the risk of your car cheating you during the winter season with this quick checklist.

1. Check your car’s battery and fluids.

During the cold season, most cars with old batteries refuse to start in the morning or stall midway through.

So you need to check when you last changed the battery, if it has been in service for 3 years or more, it’s time to buy a new one.

A new battery costs approximately $100-$150.

The next things to look at under the hood are the coolant, brake fluid and engine oil. Top them off or replace them if necessary.

2. Check the windshield wipers.

Hail falls in cold weather, impairing visibility and causing accidents.

To minimize this risk, check your wiper blades. If there are streaks on the windshield after each sweep of the wiper blades, it’s time to replace them.

Wiper blades can be easily purchased in the market according to the make and model of your car.

You should also check the windshield defroster function. If you are unable to check it yourself, ask an auto mechanic to do it for you.

3. Prepare your tires.

Generally, people don’t switch to winter tires, so if you are one of them, make sure your tires are in good condition.

Check your tire pressure, tire appearance, and tread depth. Tires are the only point of contact between the road and your car, so you need to make sure everything is working perfectly.

Also, if you live in a very cold region where the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing and it rains frequently, it is recommended that you replace your tires with winter tires.

4- Clean your car’s headlights.

The winter season is known for its cloudy days. Therefore, make sure that the headlights are working properly.

Check all the bulbs and replace the burned out ones. Also, wash the old bulbs so that they can see the road better at night.

5. Inspect the brakes.

On rainy days, the brakes are used most often due to the slippery road. Therefore, ask your mechanic to check the ABS and EBS system.

Ask him to check all the brake pads and discs for expected wear and replace them if necessary.

How much does it cost to prepare a car for winter?

On average, it costs between $500 and $700 to prepare a car for winter.

This amount includes several services such as changing tires, replacing wiper blades, checking the cabin filter, checking the oil pan heater, battery charger, block heater, etc.

9 things you need to have in your car this winter.

It’s always better to be prepared than to be stranded. So here are a few essentials that will help you prepare for winter.

1. High visibility flashlight and flares.

2. Cell phone with charger.

3. Water and dry food items.

4. Extra warm clothing.

5. A hand shovel.

6. Jumper cables.

7. Tow rope.

8. First aid kit.

9. Ice scraper.


Preparing your car for winter is important for your own safety. You don’t have to hire a mechanic to do this. If you have a penchant for mechanics, you can do it yourself by checking tire pressure, brakes, de-icer, wiper blades, and engine fluids.

But if you live in a very cold region where the temperature usually doesn’t drop below freezing, it’s better to seek the help of a professional mechanic.

Wishing you a warm and safe winter!

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