How to Weatherize Your Car

Tessa Poolman, Reporter

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    The winter weather is getting more treacherous as we get deeper into the season, and the fear of car trouble creeps into our brains. This season try to stay proactive and help prepare your car for the harsh conditions. Here are some quick and easy tips on how weatherize your car.

     Check your battery: During cold weather, your engine requires more current from the battery in order to get the engine started. At 5 degrees F, a fully charged lead-acid battery has only half its rated amp-hour capacity. The chemical reactions required to generate power in a car battery slow down in extremely cold temperatures.

      Wipers and fluid: Having new wipers is especially beneficial in the winter when it is snowing or icing. Having freeze resistant fluid is important too to help keep your window and vision clear.

      Tire Pressure: When the air gets colder, the air particles in tires condense causing them to lose air faster or decompress. Check your tire pressure every 5 times you fill up your tank to prevent a flat tire and to keep better traction.  

      An emergency kit:  Bad things and good things happen in the winter. It never hurts to be prepared for the worst though. Keeping a pack with road flares, lug wrench, jack and a first aid kit is a good idea, there are many more things you could keep in it to be extra precautions, like food water, and maybe some blankets or a winter coat.

      Oil: “Some mechanics recommend switching to a thinner oil if you live where temperatures drop below freezing. Your best bet is to consult your owner’s manual or talk to your mechanic,” DMV.Org recommends. Check your oil every two times you fill up your gas tank to make sure you aren’t running too low. Running out of oil can cause major damage to your car and it’s engine.