WINTER DRIVING SAFETY TIPS & WINTERIZATION INSPECTIONS IN Casper
Driving in the winter comes with many hazards. Rather than be reactive to the situation, it's best to take steps to protect yourself and your car. You wouldn't walk outside in a blizzard without a coat on, and the same can be true of your car. Come in for a free inspection, then read through the following helpful tips below, you will be on your way to protecting your car, and yourself, from the harshness of winter.
FREE WINTERIZATION INSPECTIONS AT White's Mountain Motors IN Casper, WYOMING
Bring your car into White's Mountain Motors and we'll check all of the following and more to make sure that your car is prepared to handle the Winter weather. Don't get yourself stranded by not taking the proper precautions. Come on in to White's Mountain Motors in Casper for you free Vehicle Winterization Inspection!
The cold weather in the winter can have an effect on how your oil flows through the engine. If you use heavier weight oil, like 10W-30, the cold can cause the oil to slow down and be less effective at protecting your engine. Consider an oil change in the winter to lighter weight oil, like 5W-30. Refer to your owner's manual for what motor oil to use in the winter.
Engine coolant serves two purposes - to protect your car from overheating, and to protect your engine block from freezing. Checking the quality of your coolant before cold weather swoops in is crucial. Have a professional test the coolant, and if necessary, change the coolant-to-water ratio to include more coolant. If the problem is severe, consider a radiator flush to put fresh coolant in the radiator.
Driving in snow can be very dangerous, especially on tires that aren't made for severe weather. If you live in an area off the beaten path where snowfall is a regular occurrence, consider getting special snow tires. These tires have bigger studs and are able to grip the road better in snowy or icy conditions. A good step down from snow tires are all-weather tires, which don't need to be changed with the seasons, offer decent performance in the snow, and will get better gas mileage.
The last thing you want is for your car to die in the middle of the winter. The chemical reactions that take place in your car battery slow down during the cold months, making it more likely to fail. Bring your car to a certified technician to have them check the charge left in the battery, look for corrosion, and any loose wires or poor connections. A quick check could save you hours waiting in the cold for a tow truck.
Windshield Wiper Fluid
Winter months bring wet, salty and dirty conditions - all of which can be hard to see through. Make sure to not only fill up your washer fluid, but also ensure that the fluid won't freeze. Most windshield wiper fluids come with anti-freeze ingredients to make sure that it won't freeze in cold temperatures. You can buy windshield wiper fluid just about anywhere, just be sure to check the label to see if it's rated for cold weather.