The best part of Northern Arizona is that we get all four seasons! As leaves start changing colors and the holidays approach, it reminds us that old man winter is on his way. In Prescott the weather is very unpredictable from one year to the next. Having a rather harsh monsoon season may indicate a more active weather this winter season.
Driving in severe winter weather can be a harrowing experience, requiring a lot of concentration and composure. However, it’s just as tough on cars because too few drivers take the time to completely winterize their cars.
Here are a list of things Twin Lakes Auto Service in Prescott recommends suggest before winter is in full swing:
- Flush the cooling system and replace the coolant. Some newer vehicles use a special coolant and not the 50/50 antifreeze mix we all grew up with. Be sure to follow your recommended auto maintenance schedule.
- Check your windshield wiper blades. If you have not replaced them in a year, it may be time to just swap them for a fresh set.
- Replace your windshield washer fluid with and use cold-weather fluid that will not freeze at the coldest winter temperature. Visibility can easily be compromised by grime build-up on the windshield.
- Check your battery. Very cold temperatures can reduce a vehicle’s battery power by up to 50 percent. Have your battery serviced and load-tested to check its ability to hold a charge. If the battery is more than four and-a-half years old, it may be a good idea to replace it.
- Check tire pressure. As the temperature drops your tires will likely lose pressure. While you’re at it, make sure there is air in the spare tire and that all the proper tire-changing equipment is in the vehicle.
- Make sure your tires have plenty of tread. Worn tires on a slick road are extremely dangerous. If you are not sure about the condition of your tires, stop in and see us at Twin Lakes Auto Repair in Prescott.
- Keep the gas tank as full as possible. Running out of gas in freezing conditions would not be good. So, having a full tank of gas not only helps in the case of bad weather, but it also helps prevent moisture from freezing in the gas lines.
- Get a tune up. Again check your your recommended auto maintenance schedul for the recommended intervals.
- Pack a safety kit. An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time, so it helps to be prepared. Here are some suggested items to carry in your trunk:
- A flashlight, flares and a first-aid kit.
- Jumper cables, a tool kit and tire chains.
- A blanket, warm clothes, hat and gloves.
- Paper towels.
- A bag of salt or kitty litter for added traction when a tire is stuck.
- A snow brush, ice scraper and snow shovel.
- Extra windshield washer fluid.
- Extra food and bottled water.
We hope that you fins these tips helpful! If you have any questions feel free to contact us or schedule a vehicle inspection and we will help get your car in shape for winter!