Though vehicle care is important year-round for the safety of you and your family and to preserve the value of your car, truck or SUV, the months of winter can be particularly brutal.
Here are some tips:
Before winter: Check and replace windshield wiper blades and test your antifreeze. Make sure you have a good battery with a full charge. A weak battery may start your car in summer, but then fail when it gets cold.
When it's cold: Keep the gas tank at least half full at all times. Cold weather causes condensation in the system, which can result in fuel-line freeze-up. Adding gasoline antifreeze every three to four fill-ups can keep condensation under control.
After it snows: Remove excess snow from the car before driving. Any snow left on the roof might slide down onto the windshield and obstruct vision.
When your car is cold: Let your engine idle for a minute before setting out. Though most modern cars are built to move from the start, allowing the engine to warm up means the defroster will start working to keep the windows fog-free.