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Five tips for winterizing your car

Winter is around the corner and our vehicles often suffer from weather-related wear and tear. We recommend that drivers make thorough preparation for this season.

Generally speaking, the best time for drivers to prepare their cars for the winter is a week before Halloween, since that’s the time when temperatures generally start to drop and frost can often appear at night. Here are five tips to winterize your car and make sure they are fully prepared for this season.

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Tip 1: Keep an Emergency Kit Inside Your Car

Whether driving on the highway or warming up the car in front of the house, drivers often have more trouble in the winter. Keeping an emergency kit and tools inside the vehicle is the simplest and smartest choice.

Essential tools include a spare tire and tools to change it, bottles of engine oil and washer fluid, and cold-weather clothing and water in case you are stranded away from home. Also, if you live in places where there is snow and ice, don’t forget an ice scraper. In case you’re stuck on the road at night with low visibility, flashlights and flares are something you’ll need to rely on.

autoAlert is an innovative multi-functional emergency light that can address all your needs for light if you find yourself in an emergency situation, including a work light for repairs and warning lights to let other drivers know you’re there.

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More information can be found online at the following site: https://www.ingearauto.com/products/autoAlert-emergency-led-flashlight

Tip 2: Check Your Car's Belts and Hoses

Belts and hoses are extremely vulnerable in the winter because the cold weather has a bad effect on rubber or plastics, which may reduce their life expectancy. Always check your car’s belts and hoses before winter and replace them when they are worn.

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Tip 3: Monitor tire pressure

In general, tire pressure should be checked once a month, particularly after a change of season since tire pressure usually drops when temperatures change. If you are not sure about the pressure levels of your tires, check for proper inflation levels in your owner’s manual.

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Tip 4: Check Your Battery

Low temperatures have a bad effect on almost every part of the vehicle, including battery capacity. It’s always best to have a mechanic check your battery to make sure its performance is good.

Also, if possible, park your vehicle in the garage instead of outside, which is a great way to protect the battery from the cold air.

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Tip 5: Check Your Oil and Oil Viscosity

Most motor oils are meant for all-season use, but it is a better option to lower the viscosity of your oil in the winter, since a lower viscosity oil will increase your car’s performance and reduce the time needed to warm it up. Please check your owner’s manual to find the right oil viscosity for the winter. Also try to change the oil more often if the winter is harsh, but do check your owner’s manual for the best oil-change intervals.

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You can better assure yourself of safe trips in the winter by doing a thorough checkup and maintenance before the cold air comes. Following these tips can reduce the risks of driving in the winter. Ingear also provides such safety lighting products as autoAlert, which can be used in emergencies to help car owners drive safely all through the winter. 

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