by admin, October 30, 2018, Tips
The official start of winter will be Friday, Dec. 21. Are you and your vehicle ready for winter’s onset?
Tri County Collision encourages you to take a page out of the Boy Scout handbook and adopt their motto, “Be Prepared.” Boy Scouts commit to being ready, willing and able to do what is necessary in any situation that comes along.”
With plenty of time to prepare before Dec. 21, we’d like to share tips to help you winterize your car.
- Replace and refill all your fluids – Make sure that you have the right antifreeze/water mixture to prevent freezing in your radiator. Ensure that you have the right oil in your vehicle for winter.
- Give your wiper fluid and blades some love – Fill your wiper fluid reservoir with freeze-resistant wiper fluid to ensure that you can keep your windshield clean and clear this winter. It’s also a good idea to switch to winter wiper blades to stand up to the freezing cold.
- Check your tires – Get your all-season tires checked to make sure the tread is adequate. Depending on where you reside, you might even consider a set of snow tires for winter. If you travel in on rural roads less likely to be plowed, it might be a good investment for you. It’s also a good idea to stay on top of your tire pressure. Cold temperatures cause your tires to lose a pound of pressure per every 10 degrees.
- Inspect your battery – Winter can be hard on batteries as the temperatures drop. Reportedly a battery loses more than a third of its power when temperatures drop below freezing and more than half its power in below-zero temperatures. Have your cables checked for cracks or breaks. Make sure the connections are good and that your battery fluid is full. If you find you need to purchase a new one, look for one with a manufacture date less than six months.
- Pack a winter emergency kit – In addition to your basic kit with flares, a jack, lug wrench and first aid kit, be sure to pack a flashlight, blankets, gloves, an ice scraper, a small shovel, kitty litter, snacks and drinks, and a car cell phone charger. Remember that It’s also a good idea to alert someone of your path as you travel this winter so that if you encounter problems, they know where to look.
- Purchase de-icer to help you get in your car – It’s a good idea to have a canister of de-icer with you, somewhere outside your car, to help you get into a car with frozen locks.
The Tri County Collision team wishes you safe travels this winter. If you find yourself in need of auto collision services, however, we invite you to come and see us. We’ve provided the finest paint and body repair services, accompanied by unsurpassed customer service, since 1974. Give us a call at 215.322.5350 or stop by our shop at 995 Jaymor Road, Southampton, PA Monday-Friday from 8am.-6p.m. or Saturday from 9am-12pm.