Winter in the Midwest is a season that’s filled with obstacles and challenges. From the freezing cold winds that drop temperatures below zero, to the unexpected snowstorms that can crop up out of nowhere, to the freezing rain and sleet that can create hazards with every step, winter is truly a dangerous season. And, perhaps nothing is more dangerous than being an unprepared driver on the road when conditions are less than amiable.
Winter auto accidents are one of the leading causes of injury during this unpredictable season and it seems as though no matter how good of a driver you are, the uncontrollable variables of the road—black ice, sudden stopping, other traffic, etc.—can put you in a precarious situation. But, while you may have very little control over these external variables, you can control your own vehicle and its preparation for the season with the help of a mechanic in Norwalk, OH.
Standing up to Winter’s bane
Winterizing your vehicle means paying special attention to the numerous aspects and components of your vehicle, to make sure they’re giving you the best fighting chance at staying safe on the road during the winter season. A common example would be putting snow tires or chains on prior to the first big snowstorm.
Winterization extends to all important facets of your vehicle: your engine, suspension, tires and more. And while each vehicle has different needs in terms of what can and should be done to winterize your vehicle, there are a few basics that extend to all vehicle types:
- An oil change and fluid flush are essential, with low viscosity oil being preferable during the winter season to prevent gum-ups. Don’t forget to top off your antifreeze as well!
- Your lights should all be checked and replaced, along with your battery. Have your battery tested by a professional to gauge its function and capacity.
- Give your heating and defrosting systems a quick check to make sure they’re functional and schedule a service appointment if they’re not melting ice and snow away.
- If your vehicle has four-wheel drive and traction control settings, kick them on to see that they’re working properly. If not, schedule a service appointment.
- Check the treads, pressure and alignment of your tires and make sure all are within acceptable levels of normalcy. Tires are a critical component of winter driving!
Now, as mentioned, your vehicle may require more or less than the above to fully prep it for winter—the best thing you can do is consult with a mechanic in Norwalk, OH to have your vehicle thoroughly assessed.
Winterization means mitigation
You might not be able to stop your vehicle from skidding around on a concealed patch of black ice or keep other drivers in check while you share the road with them, but if you take the time to make sure your vehicle is winterized, you’ll give yourself fighting chance at avoiding many of the unfortunate situations that can befall other drivers this season.
Stay safe out there this season and make sure that you’re seeking auto maintenance and winterization from a mechanic who’s going to deliver quality. Stop on by Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center today for service!