It’s officially fall in Arkansas! Fall means colder weather, and colder weather means it’s time to check in with your car and make sure you’re good to go for the lower temperatures. You hear a lot about winter car maintenance, but we think it’s a good idea to get some things out of the way before it gets too cold. Read through our list below to make sure you’re prepped for the season!
Clean it out!
If you aren’t one of those people who keeps your car squeaky clean and looking new all year long, you might want to start thinking about doing a little pre-winter cleaning. It’s easy to put off cleaning your car — we get it. You’re busy, and carrying a little extra cargo around isn’t hurting anything. (It might be causing you to use more gas, though!) But here’s the thing. Once it gets really cold, you definitely won’t want to spend time outside going through your car and cleaning it the way you should. So do it now, before it gets too cold to bear!
Pack it in!
When colder weather is approaching, it’s always smart have a “winter supply box” that stays in your car in case anything goes awry. And now that you’ve cleaned your car out, you know you’ll have room! This is something simple you can do that could end up being really important for both your car and your personal safety. Include items like a flashlight, first aid kit, gloves, blankets, a warm change of clothes, an ice scraper, a bag of sand for traction, and a charged cell phone or another communication device in case of emergency.
Check your levels!
You definitely won’t want to wait until it’s too late to check your coolant and antifreeze levels. Antifreeze will literally keep your engine from freezing, and you don’t want to be left stranded in sub-zero temperatures just because you missed this crucial prep step. Do these things now, and you won’t have to worry later!
Check your tires!
Good tires are key to staying safe on the road, especially when the temperatures drop and the weather starts to be more of a concern. Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do to ensure that your tires are in good shape. Check your tire pressure with a store-bought gauge or at your local air pump. If they need air, fill them up! Many places offer free air for your tires. You should also check to make sure your tires have plenty of tread on them. Insert a penny into your tire’s tread with the top of Lincoln’s head pointing in toward the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire before it gets any colder.
So, there you have it! Take a little time to do these things before it gets any colder out, and you’ll be sitting pretty inside your warm car all winter long.
For more than 40 years, Steve Landers has been satisfying central Arkansas’s automotive needs. So when your vehicle needs repair, you know you can count on Steve Landers Collision & Glass to get the job done right the first time. If you find your vehicle in a sticky situation, come see us at the Steve Landers Collision Center in Little Rock.