Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Maybe you’ve started to contemplate what you’re thankful for—your family, your friends, your job, your dog, your house, and so on. But Stalker Chevrolet is willing to bet you haven’t put much thought into what your car would be thankful for this winter, so we’ve compiled a list of things you should keep in mind for your car as the cold months of winter fast approach. We’re sure your car would be thankful if you followed these tips:
- Use snow tires: Your car will love you for these. Chances are, it’s going to snow here in Creston, so your car will want the proper tires to plow through it. And while you’re at, check the tire pressure, which tends to drop with the temperatures.
- Don’t get frozen out: Your car is very thankful to have a driver as great as you to take it around town, but you can’t do that if you get frozen out of your car. Just in case, keep some glycerin handy as a de-icer (just don’t leave it inside your car). Stalker Chevy suggests keeping one bottle at home and one in your desk at work.
- Check under the hood: You’re thankful for food, right? So is your car. Make sure you fill it with the right amount of oil. And while you’re under the hood, check up on the hoses and belts to make sure they are not damaged, and make sure your coolant system is running on the right ratio of coolant—3 parts coolant and 2 parts water. Finally, check up on your battery to make sure it’s in proper condition.
- Ensure visibility: You car is very grateful that it can see where it’s going, so it’s important to make sure that you put on new windshield wiper blades every winter. And don’t forget to use washer fluid with antifreeze!
- Prepare an emergency kit: A car would be nowhere without its driver, so most of all, it is thankful for you and wants you to be safe in the cold, dark winter. For your safety, it never hurts to store some items in your trunk. Some things to pack include flares, blankets, extra layers of clothing, extra rations of food, a flashlight (with extra batteries), an ice scraper, a radio, windshield washer fluid, engine oil, coolant, gloves, boots, hats, jumper cables, a tool kit, and a first-aid kit.
Follow these tips, and your car will have lots to be thankful for.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at Stalker Chevrolet!