Winterizing Your Vehicle
Winter has arrived. Living in Elizabethtown, you’ve probably heard the saying “If you don’t like the weather in Kentucky, wait a minute.” These fluctuations in temperature can sneak up on our vehicles if we don’t pay attention. Jennifer Swope Scarbrough of Genesis of Elizabethtown and Swope Hyundai had some wonderful tips on preparing your vehicle for cold winter months:
Check with your dealership or mechanic on getting a winterization service as winter can wreak havoc on batteries, brakes, belts, hoses, spark plugs and wires/cables. Ask your service station to do a quick winter health checkup to make sure you’re set for the cold temperatures.
Always keep your gas tank half full. Especially in the winter months when the gas tank is empty, the swings in temperature can cause condensation to form on the gas tank. When a tank is running low, that water drips down into the tank. Because water is heavier than gas, the water sinks to the bottom and in freezing temperatures could freeze your lines.
Keep an eye on your tire pressure. The swings in the temperature can cause the air in your tires to fluctuate. Did you know that a fluctuation of 10 degrees in temperature could mean a loss of 1 PSI? Check your owner’s manual for your suggested tire pressure. Low pressure could mean premature wear of your tires!
"The swings in the temperature can cause the air in your tires to fluctuate. Did you know that a fluctuation of 10 degrees in temperature could mean a loss of 1 PSI? Check your owner’s manual for your suggested tire pressure. Low pressure could mean premature wear of your tires!"
Check your fluid levels! Make sure your washer fluid is full, and use a formula made for low temperatures.
Check your traction. Did you know that you likely have better traction in 0 degree weather than in 32 degree weather? The roads actually get more slippery in warmer winter temperatures. Before you’ve hit the main road, hit those brakes and see how your car is responding.
Keep a cold weather safety kit in your car. Pack a bag to keep in the trunk just in case, especially if you’re traveling to areas with notoriously harsh winters. Include a flashlight with batteries, an ice scraper, a first aid kit, flares, a pack of matches, non-perishable food like granola bars, water and extra warm clothing. If you do find yourself stuck in a snowstorm, do not leave your car, especially in white-out conditions. Run your car intermittently to stay warm, but don’t leave it running for extended periods to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Thanks so much to Jennifer for sending through these helpful tips and to all of you for reading along. We appreciate you being here! To stay up-to-date, follow us on your favorite social sites: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Lots of love Elizabethtown,