The KAIRE Blog

Help Your Car When It's Cold

If you don’t need to go out in extremely cold temperatures, the best advice is to not go out at all.  However, if you must drive, keep a few cold weather tips in mind.

Cold weather puts stress on the moving parts of your car, so it’s important to keep up vehicle maintenance.  Regular oil changes will help.

Check your tires for proper inflation.  Lower temperatures mean the pressure in them has likely dropped.  Don’t forget to check the spare tire as well.

Replace your wiper blades if they are worn and check to make sure you have plenty of de-icing windshield wiper fluid. 

The best way to warm up your vehicle is to drive it.  And never, ever, leave a vehicle idling in an enclosed area or garage.

Keep your gas tank at least half full to reduce condensation and to make sure you won’t get stranded by running out of gas.

Carry equipment to help get you out of a jam:  an ice scraper, a flashlight, a fully charged cell phone and some salt or kitty litter to get you “un-stuck” in snow.

Pack some extra gear in the car in case you get stranded:  a blanket, gloves, a hat, a snack and some water.