With it being December we, here at Stewart's Donnybrook Automotive, wanted to help you prepare your car for winter.
First, your owner’s manual will have the most accurate info on how to specifically take care of your car; please read your owner’s manual and follow your manufacturer's recommendations.
Second, the cooling system of your car should be flushed and refilled typically with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water.
Another great tip is to make yourself an emergency kit and keep it in your car. This can include things like a blanket and gloves, sand, or kitty litter (help you get out of snow or slush), leak proof container of coolant, ice scrapers, a small shovel, and snacks. You can never be too safe and this kit could be very helpful one day.
Inspecting your lights, bulbs, heater and making sure your defroster works properly can be very helpful, as well as, being sure to use your lights when weather is bad to increase visibility.
Brakes and tire inspections are even MORE necessary during the winter. Checking tire tread depth and pressure, rotating tires, and checking brake fluid condition and levels are important, because of how critical good traction and braking are to driving in the winter.
And as always routine maintenance of things like the battery, engine oil, filters and other fluids are recommended.