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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

5 Tips to Prepare Your Car for Colder Months

We are fans of the International Carwash Association and their "Wash with Watersavers" campaign because we love to incorporate eco-friendly practices into our lifestyle. For instance, we appreciate that eco-friendly carwashes use less water and return clean water back into the environment. We wash our car several times throughout the cold winter months and not only is it easier to visit an eco-friendly carwash as opposed to washing our vehicles at home, but it is also better for the environment. Now that is a trendy habit that we love!

Are you ready for winter? The ICA provided us with these 5 simple tips to help prepare for the colder months:

  • Check your tires. Before the roads get slick, check your tires to be sure they aren’t worn and that they are properly inflated. You should be able to find the proper tire pressure on the inside of your driver’s side door. Cold air will cause the air in your tires to compress and may cause your tires to lose pressure, so make a note to check again later in the winter.
  • Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash. Putting your car through the car wash during the sloppiest season of the year may seem a strange idea but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International CarwashAssociation also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements. Besides protecting your car, you’ll also be protecting the environment. Professional car washes can save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur when you wash your car yourself. You can learn more about the environmental benefits of a professional car wash at washwithwatersavers.com. 
  • Check your brakes. Your brakes will work harder once the icy conditions of winter set in. Make sure they are up to the task by bringing your vehicle in to your mechanic for a thorough brake inspection.
  • Check fluids. In the winter, no fluid is more important than your coolant because, if you’re out of coolant, you’re out of heat. Your owner’s manual will tell you how much coolant you need as well and provide the correct blend. It’s also never a bad idea to keep an additional bottle of coolant in your car for emergencies.
  • Winter emergency kit. If you find yourself stranded by the side of the road, a winter survival kit can be very helpful. Include an ice scraper/brush, extra blankets or clothes – including hats and gloves – snacks and bottled water and a first aid kit. A small shovel can come in handy if you get stuck and a bag of cat litter can be used to provide needed traction for your tires.
Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability, and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes. By planning ahead you can ensure that your family and your car will be in for a smooth ride all winter long.

Do you have additional winter preparation tips?



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55 comments :

  1. Make sure to keep a ice scrapper in your car and check your tires

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  2. Starting prepping your car in october for the winter months- livivua

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  3. i also get a new scraper, brush and winterize check debbie jackson http://pinterest.com/jacksondeb/

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  4. Have a complete service check before winter.

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  5. We have our car winterized at local dealer's.

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  6. Check the oil, tire pressure and windshield wiper blades before the bad weather begins.

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  7. I always make sure the oil changes are up to date. I make sure I have a full tank of gas and a safety kit !
    Thanks!
    Desiree H

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  8. I put a candle, a blanket and some tools in my car.

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  9. I always keep my oiled changed and check my tires

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  10. I put a shovel in my trunk and change my oil.

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  11. Share a tip for preparing vehicles for winter.

    check the radiator fluids

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  12. Check all fluids & your tire pressure.

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  13. Keep a blanket in the car for emergencies.

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  14. Make sure you have your cell phone charged and on you for emergency calls.

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  15. I prepare for winter driving by making sure I have good wiper blades and that the windshield wiper fluid is topped off.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  16. GFC id: abfantom fantom

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  17. Get vehicle inspected and tuned up before winter

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  18. check all your fluids and tire pressures - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  19. Make sure tires have the proper amount of air!

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  20. I have an emergency kit in my car in case I get stranded.

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  21. Have someone you trust check out everything on the car that might possibly need checking.

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  22. I usually put some kitty litter for weight/traction in the back, a warm blanket & flashlight, some type of granola bars, a good book and hand and foot warmers, warm socks etc... just in case stranded on the road someplace due to the crazy winter weather.

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  23. This is a great emergency kit

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  24. I alway keep a bottle of water, scraper, first aid kid, battery cables and gloves in the car during the winter months. I should also put in a blanket and kitty litter (if I get stuck).

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  25. We put on winter tires and check the oil

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  26. We make sure we have enough antifreeze and replace wipers

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  27. I always make sure my tires have enough air and are in great condition for the ice and snow

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  28. We always take the car in to make sure it's winter ready.

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  29. Keep your gas tank at an appropriate level, so you do not run out.

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Always carry a bankey and a spare tire

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  31. Make sure you have an ice scrapper and blankets... Make sure you keep enough gas in your tank so it doesn't freeze if the temp drops... check anti-freeze, oil etc

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  32. I always keep a blanket, water and a candle in my trunk

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  33. change your windshield wipers, have your oil changed and check/rotate tires.

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  34. Have your vehicle checked over by a trusted mechanic or handy friend who is reliable before harsh weather sets in.

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  35. I make sure my fluids are checked and that my windshield wiper fluid is filled.

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  36. I always make sure I have plenty of fuel,blanket, and current oil change. thank u

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  37. I put a shovel in my trunk, with a blanket, and ice scraper.

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  38. I keep the gas always above half a tank. That way, if I get stuck somewhere I will have enough gas to run the heater for while in case of emergency!

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  39. always start the car up ahead of time to avoid it overheating

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  40. We get our car serviced before the winter season starts to make sure the vehicle is in top top condition

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  41. get your battery checked, especially if it's old

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  42. Keep gas in it and always take blankets.

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  43. Test your antifreeze, check oil and other fluids, make sure to have cat liter, a rug, blankets etc, along with an ice scraper and other tools.
    wmmeatlady@hotmail.com

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  44. If your wipers can stand up, keep them up overnight. This way they don't freeze to your car and it's easier to clean around them.

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)co­­­­­­­­m

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  45. Get an oil change, make sure your tires are alright, and get your brakes checked out. Be sure to have a blanket and first aid kit in the trunk.

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  46. Always keep a blanket in your vehicle in case of an emergency

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  47. Check wiper blades, wiper fluid, batter, tires, and make sure the snow scraper is in the car (I made that mistake the first snow!)

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  48. Keep some bottled water and shelf stable food in your backseat in case your car breaks down or gets stuck.

    submitted by Jean F jpfgvl at bellsouth dot net

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway…don't forget to run your car through a car wash every few weeks in the winter to rinse off road salt from the undercarriage.
    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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  50. Check the oil, tire pressure and windshield wiper blades before the bad weather begins. And check fluids every week! Also have a blanket and first aid kit in the car!

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