Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter Weather
While cooler temperatures may give you the desire to stay indoors and watch as the weather outside changes, the reality is that you have to go to work, take the kids to school, and engage in all sorts of other activities. This means that you have to drive your car. Before the temperatures get even colder and the roads are filled with sleet and ice, take some time to make sure your car ready for winter driving. Here are a few things that you can look at yourself or that Port City Nissan would be happy to assist in reviewing and repairing.
Review Your Engine’s Coolant and Antifreeze Levels
Antifreeze will stop your engine from freezing on the coldest winter days. If you are unfamiliar with how to check your antifreeze levels, contact us or take a look at your Nissan manual. Adding more antifreeze to a vehicle is easy. You can buy antifreeze and a kit from us that allows you to make sure you are using the right coolant.
Maintain Good Visibility
Colder weather brings rain and snow. These things can impact your visibility. Take a moment to inspect the front, rear, and hazard lights on your vehicle. If they are not working properly, we can change out the light bulbs or get our assistance in diagnosing the problem.
It is not uncommon for windshield wiper fluid to freeze during the winter. Make sure your vehicle has a windshield wiper fluid that is designed to work during cold months. It will help to reduce ice on your windshield. Also, check the spray nozzles that deploy the fluid to make sure that they are in good working order. It may be necessary to use a pin to remove debris or wax that is blocking the nozzles.
Standard windshield wiper blades won’t stand up well against snow and ice. Purchase winter wiper blades that will cut through the snow and ice to give you a clear line of visibility.
Switch over to Winter Tires
Winter driving is more treacherous than driving during other times of the year. You can make your journeys out on the road a lot safer by switching over to winter tires. Winter tires are more effective on snow and ice. They also respond better when driving on wet roads.
Even if it is not in your budget to purchase winter tires, it is still a good idea to check the tires you currently have to make sure that they are in good condition. Look at the tread depth. If you see that it is below the legal limit, invest in new all season tires. Tires with low tread depth will affect your ability to brake and steer, especially on treacherous roads. Since air temperature can affect the air pressure in your tires, make sure to take a few minutes to look at the tire air pressure as well. If the tread is not deep enough it is likely your vehicle will fail inspection.
Examine Your Car’s Battery
You may be surprised that there is something that hates the cold even more than you do. It is the battery in your car. Cold temperatures can actually cause the power in your battery to drop by up to 50 percent. The battery may not even work if the weather is too cold. So as you get your car ready for winter, have our mechanics look at the battery or replace it in order to make sure that it will hold the maximum charge possible.
Assemble an Emergency Kit
It is not likely that you will be stranded on the side of the road in New England. However, it is always a good idea to have an emergency kit. Here are a few things that should be included in the kit:
· Jumper cables
· A flashlight
· Winter clothing and blankets
· A tow rope
· Water and snacks
Add some other things based on personal needs and preferences, like medication, pet supplies, or supplies for babies and small children.
Even though the temperatures are getting colder, life in New England must go on. Making sure that your vehicle is in good condition before the coldest weather hits is the best way to get through the winter as comfortable and safe as possible. We would be happy to look over your vehicle and make sure that it is roadworthy as you face sleet, rain, snow, and ice. It is easy to schedule service with us.