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How To Make Your Car Ready For Winters


Most people cherish winters. Reason being that colder temperatures suit the human body better. It is not the same case with vehicles. Cars can face a lot of problems in colder temperatures, and the performance of your car naturally goes down in winters. This column is for all those people who live in areas where winters can be felt significantly. 


Average Life Expectancy of a Car

The life expectancy of a car varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and the way an individual takes care of the vehicle. Proper maintenance and servicing are necessary for any car to last long and give an efficient performance.

In the USA, the average car age on the roads are around ten years. Many factors, like the quality of roads, the manufacturer, availability of service centers, weather conditions, and other physical conditions, affect the life of a car.

The case differs in countries like India as people tend to take care of their cars excessively. The primary reason is that Indians don’t tend to resell or buy second-hand vehicles a lot. They tend to use the same vehicle for an extended period and value the car a lot. Hence this is a significant reason why average Indian cars at home are of around 15 years as well. Having car insurance improves the car’s life by a compelling margin.


Problems Faced By Cars

A car’s performance can go down drastically if no proper care is taken. In winters, when the temperature goes down, it causes the car’s fluids to freeze or affect tire pressure or kill your car battery.

In winters, when the temperature goes below 35° F, it can thicken the transmission fluids or oils in the car. The battery performance drops too, as cold weather can affect the chemical reactions in the batteries. The mechanical parts of the vehicle, like the wipers and braking, get affected as well.

Here are some of the ways by which you can be prepared for tackling winter problems for your car:

-Check the Battery Life

In winter, the vehicle can face a lot of loads. The car’s heat always keeps getting lost to colder surroundings. To keep up with the engine, lights, and the blower system, a good battery is a must and make sure that it is replaced if there are any issues. The average battery life of a car is around five years.

-Tires and Traction

Tires vary depending upon the on-road conditions. If there is snow on the road, snow tires are advisable as they offer superior grip. For cold weather, the traction comes down too, but not as much as snow. This problem can be tackled with changing tires to 3 mm of depth compared to the general ones of 1.6 mm.

-  The Proper Ratio of Coolant

Even if you have had added antifreeze before, it is advised that you add it again to the engine coolant as it gets diluted over time. Generally, it exists in a ratio of 50/50, but in winters, the rate of Coolant to water must be 60/40. This ratio ensures that the heat is transferred away from the engine, and antifreeze also prevents any rust or corrosion forming on the cooling system.

-  Changing Engine Oil

As mentioned above, the viscosity of fluids changes in the liquids. It is simple science that atoms come closer to lower temperatures, which leads to an increase in density. It is best to use thinner oils in winter as they will bring out the best performance in a car. Thinner oils tend to have less density and have less viscosity as well.

-Get Your Car Serviced

Sometimes the most straightforward precautions work the best. Even though we try to take the utmost care of our cars and have car insurance, it is always commendable to give your vehicle for servicing. Doing this regularly eliminates any risk of internal problems in the car. Any damaged wires or parts can be checked and replaced before use.

These were some simple ways that can increase the performance of the car significantly and at the same time, ensuring the safety and comfort of the passengers in the vehicle.

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