Risks that Cold Weather can Have for Your Vehicle

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Risks that Cold Weather can Have for Your Vehicle

When you drive in the winter, you will have to change a few driving habits you may have from the summer. This is because the temperatures become colder, resulting it poor weather and road conditions. As you get ready to head out on the road, make sure you know the forecast. If there is precipitation forecasted, you will have to slow down the speed that you drive. Make sure you bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Having regular maintenance done is important to ensure that the parts and components are working efficiently with one another. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us so the problem can be resolved.

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Be Aware of Precipitation

Falling amounts of snow and roads that are ice covered can pose a threat to your vehicle. When it starts to snow, this can accumulate quickly on the roads. This can result in them become slick or slushy. If you notice that it is snowing or having freezing rain, make sure to slow down when you drive. Also leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you so you have enough distance to stop if you need to. Also remember that any form of precipitation with cold temperatures can increase the chance that the roads are icy. Tires can lose their grip on the road and result in a slide or skid. Make sure to have the tires inspected, so they the most efficient for winter driving. If you suspect ice, approach other vehicles or corners at half your typical speed.

Colder Temperatures Affect the Vehicle

Besides the precipitation, the winter temperatures can affect your vehicle as well. With every ten-degree drop in temperature, your tires lose one pound per square inch of pressure. This means tires properly inflated to thirty pounds per square inch at seventy degrees will have a twenty-five pounds per square inch when the temperature is twenty degrees. Underinflated tires can be an issue as it can lead the tires to poor traction on icy roads. The cold temperatures will also affect the fluids in your vehicle. When the temperature is below thirty-five degrees, transmission fluid will not circulate properly. If you do not have a windshield washer fluid that is meant for winter, it can also freeze. Trying to drive with antifreeze, oil, brake and power steering fluids that are too thick will slow the response time of your vehicle. It can also permanently damage components. It is also possible for heat control levers or knobs in your vehicle to break or crack in cold weather. It is best to preset them and allow them to benefit from the vehicle idling and warming up.

Issues with the Engine

Spark plugs also do not work as well in winter. Small problems such as clogged filters or corroded ignition components may not be a problem when it is warm but can be damaged in the winter. It is also possible for fluid hoses to crack or break in subzero temperatures. Extreme cold will sap some of your battery’s voltage, making it harder to start.

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