We’re deep into winter, and the snow continues to pile up. In some parts of the country, people can’t even open their doors without being blasted in the face with snow as the blizzard rages outside. Unfortunately, the same is happening to their cars outside. Even worse, some have to drive in less than optimal conditions. If not maintained properly, the car can freeze over, making it impossible to drive until spring. There are several key steps necessary for making sure your car survives the rest of the winter. If you haven’t switched your OEM wheels onto winter tires or checked your battery, it’s important that you check as soon as possible.
Key Steps To Getting Through Winter
- Make Sure The Battery Is Functioning Properly
- Watch Coolant and Washer Fluid Levels
- Apply Snow Tires And Check Tire Pressure
- Ensure The Lights Are Functioning
Make Sure The Battery Is Functioning Properly
Your car’s battery tends to take a huge hit when winter rolls around. As the cold weather rolls in, your battery begins to hold less and less of a charge due to the frigid air. This is the worst time for your battery to die, as you don’t want to be stranded in the middle of a snowstorm. Make sure that the battery isn’t taking on any corrosion and is still functioning properly before the next storm rolls in.
Watch Coolant and Washer Fluid Levels
Coolant and window wiper fluid levels are all important and need to be checked during the winter time. Coolant, or antifreeze, keeps your engine from freezing up and functioning properly, even during harsh conditions. If coolant levels are too low, your car most likely won’t start, which is less than ideal during a snowstorm. Window wiper fluid is also important to check, as it can also freeze. Window wipers that streak should also be replaced. This is the time when you need them most to keep your vision clear at all times, so any chance of lowered visibility can severely impact your driving.
Apply Snow Tires And Check Tire Pressure
While not necessary, you should apply snow tires to your OEM wheels. Having snow tires on your vehicle decreases the chance that you might lose traction and slide. Snow tires typically have deeper grooves and studs to provide added grip on the slippery ground. If you’re unable to purchase a set of snow tires, it may be wise to at least get snow chains and attach them to your tires. You should also make sure your tire pressure is optimized. Your tires tend to lose one psi for every 10 degrees that the weather drops. Monitor your OEM wheel’s pressure closely, and you’ll never have to worry throughout winter.
Ensure the Lights Are Functioning
Winter storms can sometimes be so serious that drivers can’t see out their front or back windshield. It’s just as important to be able to see as it for other drivers to see you. That’s why all drivers that experience winter weather should check and make sure that all of their lights are working correctly. If not, get them replaced as soon as possible. Snowfall can limit your visibility, and having lights that don’t function properly can lead to potentially serious accidents.
Maintaining your car throughout winter can be the difference between driving it happily into Spring or being stuck in the middle of a highway as heavy snow falls around your broken down car. If you’re looking for the best OEM wheels, tires, or parts, make sure to visit OEM Wheels Direct’s shop today.