With the high temperatures in the single digits lately in Upstate New York, I thought it would be appropriate to pass along some cold weather car care tips.
Cold weather kit - This time of year, you should keep an ice scraper, windshield de-icer, a flashlight, blanket, candle/matches, snacks and a first aid kit in your trunk. You never know when you may need these things!
Clear the way - Clear the snow and ice from your windows, side view mirrors and lights (make sure you have your lights on in inclement weather!) to make sure that you can see and others can see you on the road to avoid a crash. Also, replace your wiper blades every 6 months.
Check your battery - Have a qualified automotive technician perform a load test to see if your battery is strong enough for winter starts.
Get a grip - Check your tires tread to make sure you are getting enough traction and make sure they have the proper inflation.
Keep your engine cool - Make sure your engine cooling system has the proper amount of anti-freeze to keep your engine cool this winter.
Air it out - Don't start your car in a closed garage or leave your car idling for long periods with the windows closed as carbon monoxide fumes can be lethal - keep this in mind especially with children and pets!
Gas - Keep your gas tank at least half full to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.
Finish - To prevent rust and paint damage, keep your car washed and waxed. Road salt, slush and grime are especially hard on your car's finish.