Have your motor oil changed to a viscosity appropriate for your local temperatures. The lower viscosity oils (noted on the container by number, e.g. 5W−30) flow better and will therefore offer more protection in lower temperatures.
Have your cooling system drained, flushed and refilled with a fresh mixture of 50:50 antifreeze and water. The antifreeze will keep the fluids from freezing up, protecting your engine and its moving parts in cold weather conditions.
Ask Evan’s Auto Care for a safety inspection that includes belts, hoses, fluids, tires, lights and battery. Replacing these low−cost parts before it’s an emergency can often save you the much higher cost of inconvenience and repair in the event of a breakdown.
Have your windshield wiper blades replaced and your wiper fluid reservoir filled. These low−cost items can drastically improve your vision in winter conditions, thereby preventing accidents. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months because the rubber hardens over time and becomes ineffective.
Have the following items on hand during the winter months:
- Jumper cables.
- Windshield scrapers..
- A flashlight and spare batteries.
- Emergency flares.
- Traction aids (e.g. chains, sand, gravel).
Don’t try to force−turn a frozen lock, you can break the key off inside the lock. Instead, try one of these tricks:
- Use another door.
- Use a cigarette lighter or match to heat up your key before inserting it into the lock.
- Spray commercial deicer into the key opening.
- Use a hair dryer to shoot warm heat at the lock.