The winter is approaching quickly! A number of parts in the world already experienced the first snowfalls this year. Remember to get those things done, before the winter gets colder and stronger. We recommend doing it as soon as possible, as the mechanics will be busy soon.
Fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer solvent. Don’t use plain water, as it would freeze. Windshield washer solvent also helps defrost the ice quicker, when you scrape your windshield. Prepare an aluminium coated cover which you put on your windshield at night, to prevent it to freeze.
Get an oil change as oil tends to thicken in cold temperatures and does not work as well.
Put a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Ask your service station to drain your fuel pump from water. Note that a full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming.
Make sure that your battery’s connections are corrosion-free and greased. Check that the battery’s fluids level is high enough. If not, fill up small amounts with distilled water.
Check you tire pressure. A rule of thumb is that the tire pressure will drop around 100g per cm2 for every 5 degrees Celsius. Think about switching to winter tires depending on where you are.
Especially for hilly areas with a decent amount of snow winter tires are suggested and in many places in Europe even demanded.
If you have 4-weel-drive, remember to turn it on during snowy and wet conditions.
Inspect all lights and bulbs, replace burned out bulbs, put a spare bulb in your car and periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent the lenses from scratching, use a wet rag.
Mix the coolant inside your radiator to approximately 50-50 of antifreeze (coolant) and water. This will prevent it from freezing, even far bellow the 0 degrees. You could pick up an antifreeze tester at most any auto parts store.to get a more accurate mixture.
Examine your belts and hoses. As the cold temperatures make the material less elastic, they can rip easier during the winter.
Get this list of emergency equipment in your car. A blanket, extra boots and gloves, an extra set of warm clothes, extra water & some energy bars, a hard peace of candy, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a flashlight, windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, a tool kit, tire chains, a tire gauge, a spare tire with air in it, tire changing equipment, paper towels a bag of such as sand salt or non-clumping kitty litter to get additional traction if a tire gets stuck in the snow.
If you are stuck, stay calm and follow these rules. Don’t wander away from your car unless you’re completely sure about where you are and how far away help is. Light two flares and situate them at each end of your vehicle to call attention to your plight. Put on extra clothes and use a blanket to stay warm. If you have enough gas in the tank, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes for each hour you’re waiting for help. Leave at least one window open a little bit so that snow and ice don’t seal the car shut. Suck on a hard candy to prevent your mouth from getting too dry.
We wish you a save ride and hope our tips helped,
Your Münchner Freiheit team.
and like us, to win a free 5 day tour!