(NC) Transitional seasons don’t just affect your health, they also affect the health of your vehicle.
The cold weather and icy conditions are a recipe for rust and
breakdowns. To mitigate the toll winter can have on your vehicle,
Michael Bettencourt, managing editor at Autotrader.ca shares his tips to
keep your car running smoothly all winter long.
Check your tire pressure: Rapid temperature changes
can dramatically affect your tire pressure and driving with low pressure
can negatively impact your mileage and the tires’ ability to grip ice
and snow. To avoid vehicle damage, check your tire pressure regularly
throughout the winter.
Visit the car wash regularly: Whether your community
uses sand or salt to combat icy conditions, both can wreak havoc on
your vehicle’s exterior. Keeping unwanted residues off your paint will
fight rust and keep the vehicle in great condition for seasons to come.
Keep the interior dry: Remove snow from your boots
before entering the vehicle to reduce the likelihood of moisture causing
unwanted odours. Rubber mats are another great way to protect the
interior carpets from salt residue and water damage, which are common in
Protect your windshield wipers: It’s easy to forget
to raise your wipers when you park your vehicle outside, but doing so
can cause them to freeze to the windshield. Avoid damaging wipers by
getting into the habit of brushing snow off first and then raising them.