While it doesn’t seem like it just yet — winter is right around the corner. The winter season, even more than other times of the year, is prone to significantly affect driving conditions — leaving you more susceptible to accidents.
One of the most important things to keep in mind to stay safe is to make sure your car is properly prepared to handle whatever situation or driving conditions you could possibly face in the next few months.
Here are a few of our tips to keep you prepared and safe this winter:
Have the right oil and filters for your car
Refer to your Owner’s Manual for the right oil for your specific vehicle. You can also ask your Acura Service Advisor what type of oil not only works for your car but for the upcoming winter season. Usually, lighter weight oils work better than thicker oils as they help improve engine startup and provide better lubrication — which is essential for engine protection.
While your Service Technicians check and top your oil levels, advise to have them replace the air and transmission filters at the same time.
Check your vehicle’s battery condition
Here’s a scenario you don’t want to be involved in: you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, it’s freezing cold and your car won’t start. Doesn’t seem much fun, does it?
Check your vehicle’s battery connections and make sure they’re free of corrosion. Have your Acura Service Technician test the battery and advise to have it replaced if necessary.
Replace your windshield wipers and wiper fluids
You should always replace windshield wipers every six months. If your windshield wipers don’t perform properly, it could affect your ability to see in different weather conditions.
Not all wiper fluids work the same. Just like tires, all-season wiper fluids won’t perform as well as winter wiper fluids. Right before the beginning of the winter season, switch your fluid to winter wiper fluid. They’re specifically designed to handle the weather conditions and won’t freeze on your windshield.
Replace your tires for the winter season
Once the temperature drops below 7 degrees — that’s when you know it’s time to switch over. Winter tires perform significantly better and provide better traction than that of regular tires. Regardless if your vehicle is a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, it’s highly recommended and mandatory to have all four tires replaced for increased performance and safety.
Schedule a Tire Switchover when you go for your next maintenance check and ask your Acura Service Advisor about Tire Storage if you live in an area with little to no storage room!
Stock up your Emergency Kit
An important tip to take note of for winter preparedness is having an Emergency Kit handy at all times. Here’s a few things to include in your Emergency Kit and the best part — they can all fit in the trunk of your car! To keep them organized, store them in a container that will fit comfortably in your vehicle.
- Warm blanket
- Boots, gloves and a hat
- Bottles of water and snacks. Chocolate bars or items with high sugar content are great examples.
- A small shovel
- Jumper cables
- A flare
- A first aid kit
- A bag of sand or salt for extra traction in case you get stuck
Other helpful tips:
- Keep your gas tank as full as possible. It will decrease the chances of your gas lines from freezing due to condensation in the cold weather.
- Keep all of your fluids topped off with winter-specific liquids. This includes: antifreeze, wiper fluids and oil.
- Have your car properly inspected for any wear and tear.
- Check your heaters and defrosters. Make sure that not only do they work properly but they also heat up your car at an appropriate speed.
- Have your brakes checked. Winter driving causes more friction on your brakes — have them properly inspected and replaced if necessary.