It’s not too late to winterize the car and give it the care it needs during the colder months.
The calendar may say it’s the beginning of winter, but Mother Nature has released a deep freeze upon the majority of the continental US that has left many drivers with a multitude of car problems. As the thaw begins, it’s not too late to prepare for the rest of the havoc that winter can bring.
Cequent Consumer Products has some helpful tips to take care of your car during the winter months:
1. Wash your car on an unseasonably warm day.
Take advantage of warmer days when they pop up by washing your car with Washdrops Car Wash Solution. Those days where temps are over 40 degrees are few and far between, but when they do happen, get outside (or in the garage) and wash the salt and grime off of the car using Washdrops which requires no hose or rinsing at all. The proprietary scientific formula lifts dirt and grime without scratching vehicles or washing away surface wax. Getting the kids outside to help also helps relieve cabin fever!
2. Change your wiper blades.
Wiper blades take a beating during the winter months. Make sure blades are clearing your windshield properly and change them when they start dragging and squealing. Brighten up your windshield and change a life at the same time by switching to AutoTex Pink Wiper Blades; for every wiper blade purchased, AutoTex Pink proudly makes the maximum allowable donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. AutoTex Pink boasts a full line of high quality, universal windshield wipers with 99 percent coverage of vehicles on the road. The wipers come in standard black with a pink ribbon and in full pink color (look for PLUS) to make a bolder statement.
3. Make sure the essentials are in good condition.
Get the battery, brakes, oil and filters checked and changed by a reputable mechanic/repair location. Dead batteries are a common problem during the winter months so make sure it’s in good shape and replace if needed. Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your owner’s manual — more often if you’re driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
Make sure tires have enough air, they have been properly rotated and check the tread. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board says you need at least 2/32" of depth to be safe. Don’t forget to check the spare, and be sure the jack is in good working condition. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and thus use excess gasoline.
5. Prepare and keep an emergency kit in the car.
Create an emergency kit to keep in the car, just in case: extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or Kitty Litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.
For more winter car care tips and information on Cequent Consumer Products, please visit http://www.cequentconsumerproducts.com/.