This winter, are you sure you’re really doing what’s best for your car? As we all know, proper care for your car during winter is very crucial because snow and low temperature can severely damage your car. Thus we have put together this list that will guide you on things you should never do to your car during winter and to make sure that it will be up and running once the winter is over.
6. Do not put hot water on your windshield!
Pouring hot water on your windshield is a big NO – NO! You might think that doing so can help the ice to melt, but it could only make it worse. It could actually break or crack your windshield. Be patient and just do it the old school way by using an ice scraper.
If you’re tired of using just a regular ice scraper better check out this cool trick:
5. Do not leave your car with an empty tank!
It is a MUST to fuel up before your gauge hits that red mark because an empty tank can freeze and crystallize due to the moist air. Better keep this in mind that the more fuel in your tank, the less air. So what are you waiting for? Hit the pumps before it’s too late.
4. Do not leave your car without properly removing all the ice!
During winter it could be a hassle to remove all the ice from your car, but it is a must to clear all of them before you go and drive. One special case is your wipers — turning it on while there are still ice on your windshields can damage them. According to Accuweather.com, “Blades get torn and wiper transmissions break because extreme weather can overpower the freezing point of the washer fluid. They are just rubber and pressure from snow, ice and slush will break them. That’s why you see people with their wipers tilted up when a snow storm is coming.”
In case your wipers get damaged due to the cold, here is an easy way to repair them:
3. Do not warm up your car too long!
During winter, do you warm up your car before heading out to your destination? If yes, how long? A good old 2 to 3 minutes is actually good, but going beyond that can damage your engine. You might have read countless articles online saying that warming up your car during winter is a big NO, but doing it for a few minutes can actually help your car’s engine. According to an article from Jalopnik, ” If you start up and immediately put a load on the engine, things could get damaged. It’s just not ready to go. Take a minute or two to get that oil pumping around before putting any load on the engine, and your pistons and camshafts and turbos and other spinning, moving bits will be much, much happier.”
So this winter remember that warming up your car is okay, but just don’t take your time.
2. Do not forget to check your tires!
If you’re planning to drive during the winter, it is best to check your tires before doing so; forgetting to do this can lead you to major accidents. One of the things you should always check is pressure. During winter, the pressure on your tires reduces every 10 degree drop in temperature that’s why it’s best to have a portable air pump and pressure gauge with you while you’re travelling. Another thing you can do is change your current tires to winter tires since these are specifically made to endure the cold temperature and icy road.
Want to know the difference between summer and winter tires? Check out this video to learn more:
At the top of our list is speeding while the road is still not clear. This might be commonsense but there are still a lot of people who do this despite the clear danger. Even very experienced drivers should know the risks that come with driving fast while the road is still not clear. One wrong move can lead you to the worst accident you could imagine. On top of that you’re not just only putting yourself in danger but other people as well. So drive slowly and keep your eyes on the road. There is nothing wrong with being slow if you’re being safe.