What are your New Year’s resolutions this year? Most people will make at least a few, though there are some individuals who don’t bother. Whether you have an optimistic or pessimistic attitude about these resolutions (meaning you understand most of them will fall by the wayside before the end of January), they could be useful, especially as it pertains to taking care of your car in the next year.
It doesn’t matter whether your vehicle is brand new or has hundreds of thousands of kilometers and many years under its wheels. It’s still a good idea to get in the habit of taking better care of it. A car that is cared for will take care of its driver (owner) more effectively.
Make sure the tires are good.
Not only should you have the tires inspected and, if it’s determined the tread is low, have them replaced, but you should also make sure tire pressure is at optimal levels. During the winter it may be necessary to add a little bit more air to improve traction on the roads.
Have the oil changed.
The weight of the oil could be an important component of protecting vital engine components. A heavier weight oil will be a bit tougher for the pump to move the oil throughout the engine, especially on extremely cold mornings. A lighter weight oil may be a better option, depending on the vehicle you drive.
Have all lights checked.
Since the sun sets much earlier now than it did during the summer, that means you are probably driving in darker conditions longer. Every light on your vehicle, from the headlights, daytime running lights, turn signals, brake lights, reverse lights, and more become an integral aspect of good safety throughout the winter. Have them checked consistently.
It’s a good habit to begin checking all of the lights on your vehicle at least once a week. If you can’t do this by yourself because of visibility issues, have a friend, neighbor, or family member assist with this simple task that should only take a few minutes once a week.
Replace the wiper blades.
When was the last time you had your wipers replaced? If you can’t remember, it’s been far too long. You should have these replaced at least every couple of months and to ensure safe driving during winter weather, start with a fresh pair for this upcoming snowy season.