While it may not always feel like it with temperatures still in the 70s and 80s some days, fall is here, which means colder weather is just around the corner. Weather on the South Plains is unpredictable and can be brutal, especially during the winters when events such as freezing rain can create black ice and multi-car pile ups. Additionally, the weather can change in an instant, and it is important to know that your car is prepared for the colder weather. Collision King Auto Repair Center in Lubbock, Texas, has some reminders for you before the cold weather is here to stay so that your car can be ready for the winter.
- Make sure your car’s fluids are topped off or changed. Your gas tank should be at least half full when you are travelling somewhere, since your car spends a lot more time idling in the winter months due to holiday traffic and warming up before you leave for work in the mornings. Your windshield washer fluid and engine coolant should be checked and topped off as well.
- Check your lights. Because it gets dark so much earlier in the winter months, it is critical that you can see and be seen by other drivers on the road. Additionally, winter brings things like rain, snow, and fog, and it is imperative that your headlights, taillights, and blinkers should be working properly.
- Test your car battery. Cold weather, especially weather below freezing, causes your car battery to lose power. When your car battery is already weak, you can be left in positions where your car does not start and you are left stranded on the road or in your own garage when you need to be somewhere. The average car battery lasts three to five years.
- Check your oil. Take your car to a certified center and have your oil checked and topped off with the proper motor oil for your car. It is also important to note that motor oil gets thicker in cold weather, so you can use a thinner variety in the winter months.
- Frequently check your tire pressure. Traction is already poorer in winter due to snow, ice, and slush on the road, and low temperatures cause a drop in air pressure. To remain safe, check your tire pressure regularly.
- Stock an emergency kit. Your kit should have packaged food (granola bars, crackers, etc.), water, blankets, an ice scraper, and jumper cables in the event of a breakdown. This will help keep you safe if you break down or veer off the road.