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Survival Guide: Winterizing Your Fleet
Posted on 12/21/2012 by AKilgore | 0 Comments
Like it or not, today marks the beginning of winter—well, at least that’s what the calendar says. But for some of you, it may already feel like winter. Are you prepared? Coat, hat, gloves—check! Firewood for the fireplace—check! Winterizing your vehicle—wait, what?
Believe it or not, your vehicles need a similar kind of tender loving care during the winter in order for them to function at their best. To help you steer clear of running the risk of being stranded in a stalled vehicle covered in snow without food, water or blankets—hey, you never know, it could happen—we’re going to give you the “Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips,” according to How Stuff Works.
And those tips are:
1. Check Your Tire Pressure and Consider Snow Tires—that is of course if it snows frequently in your area
2. Check Your Battery—winter months put more pressure on the battery. Who knew?
3. Check Your Oil and Oil Viscosity—oil gets thicker in cold weather, making it harder for the engine to spin
4. Put in the Right Amount of Antifreeze—or end up eating the cost of replacing a gasket or two
5. Keep Your Fuel Tank Full—because running out of gas in the freezing cold can’t be fun
6. Check Your Defrosting and Heating Units—you’re going to want to be able to see out of your windshield in order to drive…safely
7. Replace Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid—let’s be honest, the thudding sound old windshield wipers make as they skid across the windshield is annoying
8. Check Your Car’s Belts and Hoses—if you don’t , make sure you have a tow truck on speed dial in case one of these happens to snap or break
9. Make Sure Your 4-Wheel Drive Works—off-roading may be fun, but losing your traction on snow and ice can be dangerous
10. Keep an Emergency Kit Inside Your Car—it just might come in handy
Just because today marks the beginning of winter, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to winterize your vehicle.