The weather outside is frightful, so ensure the roads aren’t even scarier by giving your car special cold weather care.
Properly preparing your vehicle for winter can prevent car accidents and prevent serious and costly repairs.
As a Seattle car accident attorney, I urge drivers to follow these tips to minimize cold-weather damage to your car:
- Battery: Look for corrosion in the battery terminal. If there is corrosion, use cleaner spray to clean it. Avoid homemade remedies, including Coca-Cola or vinegar.
- Belts: Look for cracks in the engine belt that could eventually break, causing the car to stop running. Unexpected stops could result in a car accident.
- Hoses. Make sure the engine’s hoses are not rigid, which make them more likely to burst and leak water. A damaged hose could burn out the engine.
- Tires: Check the tread of the tire for correct depth, which creates better traction on the road. Safe tires are especially important on wet or icy roads. For more on tires safety, view this tire safety blog.
- Fuel Tank: Make sure you have enough fuel, never letting it fall below a quarter tank in cold weather
- Engine: Warm up your engine before driving away. A good rule is to wait for the frost to melt before driving at normal speeds.