Winter has arrived. Good say winter sports enthusiasts while for others, now begins five or six months of slightly chaotic driving, mixed with unpredictable, usually very cold weather. But regardless of whether we like it or not, winter is here, and we have to deal with it.
Your car will also feel the effects of winter. Not only from a mechanical point of view, but from a safety aspect as well. Needless to say, you have to have a plan when winter comes along and more specifically, you need to know how to reduce the effects of winter on your vehicle.
Clear your vehicle off before heading out on the roads
We are always running, it’s a fact. In the morning, must of us are slightly late, or plainly late, and we often do not take the time to completely remove the snow that has accumulated. That said, you want to make sure you take all the snow off your vehicle, and clear off the iced portions of your windows as well. Snow on the roof, for example, can tumble when you brake and cover your windshield. If it is heavy enough, you wipers will not be able to remove it. Therefore, take a few extra seconds to clear everything off.
You have good windshield wipers, ideally you have installed models that are designed for winter use. That said, try to be gentle with your wipers. The last thing you want is to wear the motor out. So, when you know snow is coming, lift your wipers in order to avoid any possible damages.
Have good equipment
Your vehicle should always be equipped with a snow brush, salt, a shovel, booster cables, and de-icer. Having the necessary equipment in your vehicle will allow you take on whatever winter throws your way.
Thank you to Performance Mazda for their help with this article!