The winter months are rough enough on our roads and cars. Don’t put your car through even more unneeded stress when the cold and ice come out to play. Avoid these five bad winter habits that could ruin your car, so you can ensure your daily driver makes it to spring.
Don’t Warm Your Car Too Long
Getting in a cozy car on a cold morning feels nice, but idling your car for too long wastes gas and does damage to your sparkplugs.
Don’t Forget to Check Tire Pressure
Your tire pressure drops by 1 PSI with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Keep a tire pressure gauge on hand to make sure your tires are properly inflated before commuting to and from work.
Don’t Use Hot Water to Deice Your Windshield
If you’re in a hurry but find your windshield covered in ice, never resort to dumping hot water on it. This could cause your windshield to crack.
Do Change Your Windshield Wipers
Don’t get caught in a snowstorm with streaky wipers. Change them in the fall to ensure visibility come winter.
Do Consider Winter Tires
If you have summer tires on your car, you absolutely need to change them for snow tires. While all-season tires can suffice, snow tires are still your best bet.
Have any maintenance questions as you head into winter? Visit Harvey’s GM today.