Winter Prep for Texas Vehicles
Even though we don’t get massive snow or ice storms in Texas, it’s still important to prep your car for colder temperatures!
1. Check your tire pressures!
We’ve probably all noticed that our tires look a little sad when the cold weather hits. (I can’t blame them!) As the temperature drops, the molecules in the air get denser and cause the tires to be low. If your car has nitrogen in its tires, you will be less affected by temperature swings.
2. Know your dash lights!
Many of the European cars have a notification for when its below freezing outside. It is generally a snowflake!
3. Test your battery!
Because the weather shifts so dramatically here, it can take a big toll on your battery. As the temperatures drop, the fluids in your car are thicker and fuel doesn’t atomize as well. This means you need more electricity to get your car started when its cold out. As a battery ages, it loses the ability to hold 100% charge capacity so age is also a factor in how your car starts, even if it isn’t as cold outside.
4. Change your oil!
Changing your oil should really be done every 6 months or every 5,000-6,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you haven’t had an oil change in a while, you should absolutely get one before the cold weather hits!
5. Change your wipers!
Did you know that windshield washer fluid has antifreeze elements in it to help breakup the ice on your windshield? Your windshield wipers are only meant to last a year at most, so if you don’t remember when you got new ones, or if they are very streaky in the rain, now is a great time to get a new set. They’ll help save your arm muscles if we get ice and keep you seeing well in the rain!