Cold Weather Tips for your Vehicle

winter car tipsWell it’s getting closer to that time of year again.  The temperatures are starting to dive closer to the freezing points this coming week, which is a good sign Winter’s not far away.  As we prepare our homes for the colder weather, we need to remember to do the same for our cars and trucks.  Here are a few tips that will help you get your vehicle ready for the upcoming cold weather.

4-Wheel Drive

We don’t use 4WD during the spring and summer so we need to remember to do a quick check to make sure the system is working properly before the winter weather sets in.  A functioning system can improve tire traction on snow and ice, decreasing the possibility of getting stuck. 4WD varies depending on the vehicle, so check the owner’s manual for the best environment in which to use it and how to engage the system.

Belts and Hoses

Cold temperatures can weaken belts and hoses, and if something snaps or breaks while you’re out on the road, a tow truck will be the only way to get moving again. So if you’re not due for a regular tune-up this fall or winter be sure to check your belts and hoses before the cold weather sets in.


Whens the last time you changed your windshield wipers?  It’s suggested that you replace your windshield wipers every six to 12 months. Keeping your wiper fluid filled up is also a plus, as fluid can assist in breaking up snow and ice on the windshield. You don’t want to get stuck in a snowstorm and find out you wipers are not working when you will need them most.

Keep Your Tank Full

Cold and constantly shifting temperatures can cause condensation to form on the walls of a gas tank in the red, and soon water will drip down and into the gas. It will eventually sink to the bottom, since water is heavier than gas, which is bad news — if water finds its way into the fuel lines, it will freeze up, blocking any flow of gas to the engine and effectively halting your travel plans. Any repairs that have to be made can be costly, too, so despite high gas prices, keeping your tank full will help both your car and your wallet.


It’s important to keep equal parts antifreeze and water in your radiator — a 50:50 ratio is considered the norm and will keep fluids from freezing at temperatures as low as -34 degrees Fahrenheit.

These tips will help you keep your car running smoothly for the colder weather.  For your entire car insurance needs remember Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance is here to help your insurance needs.

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