Winter Car Care

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Central Wisconsin in winter gets cold, having the coldest average temperature of 3.7 degrees fahrenheit according to WKOW.

This leads to the necessity of keeping warm, not only but also caring for your car is important too. Many challenges exist for car owned drivers, or drivers in general such as icy roads, salted streets, and heavy snow.

According to Daug Demuro in his article “8 Simple Car Care Tips”, a major hazard is the sun setting earlier in the day compared to summer. With less daylight, making sure car lights are in the best condition is important. This can be fixed by replacing foggy or yellow headlights.

On a side note, remember to remove any snow covering exterior light before driving.

Other major things to be aware of are the battery coolant, gasoline, washer fluid, tires, defroster and a survival kit claimed Demuro.

“It’s often more difficult for a battery to operate in cold weather than it is for a battery to operate in warm weather,” Demuro wrote. “As a result, a battery that’s merely weak during the summer could turn into a dead battery during the winter.”

D.C. Everest Senior High School student also notes the importance of a car battery.“When it is too cold, the battery gets drained. Then when you crank your car, it wont turn on,” said senior Zang Kue. “The battery itself sends electricity to help start up the circuit.”

Kue suggests starting the car up on a cold day to warm up the engine and battery.

Furthermore, with salted streets it is often difficult to keep one’s car clean.

“Rust can grow on your car over time. The reason for that is the salt being poured on the street,” Kue said. “It gets kicked up onto your car and over time, the salt sits there and corrodes the paint and the metal.”

To avoid rust forming on one’s car, washing the car frequently is important, said Kue.

Demuro writes of the importance of maintaining and checking tire pressure as the temperature gets colder. He states that the tire pressure can drop along with the air temperature, losing nearly up to one pound per square inch with each ten-degree drop in air temperature.

“If you check your tire pressure and find that one or more of your tires are low on air, fill them at a gas station air pump and do not forget to let out a little air as temperatures start to climb again in the spring,” writes Demuro.

Simple things to keep in check this season is warming up your car before driving which will keep your car warm, ready and it’ll allow your windshield to defrost according to Kue.

Although it may be too late to bring on some winter car care, these tips can be used for upcoming winters.

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