Winter tips from Sid Dillon
With winter approaching, and as we saw over Thanksgiving, roads can be a problem for you and your family. Your car also needs to be prepared for the winter weather as well. We want to provide you with additional protection during the winter and today we will share some tips on ways to improve your travel and ways to protect you and your vehicle.
Performing a fluid exchange: Make sure you have the ideal amount of coolant mixture in your car to help ensure the best performance during the winter months. You can buy 50/50 pre-diluted antifreeze now and having some of that around is beneficial. If you are not sure the last time you had your coolant system flushed, come by a Sid Dillon Service location before winter and we will take care of you.
Checking the windshield wipers and topping off windshield wiper fluid: This is something that isn’t thought about a lot, until you are in a rain downpour or snow storm. Always make sure to be aware of your wipers and when you get them. Usually after a year or so, it is time to get some new windshield wiper blades. Also important is topping off your windshield wiper fluid. Having this full of winter-ready windshield wiper fluid before the cold weather comes is beneficial for your safety. Visibility can be difficult if you don’t have any windshield wiper fluid.
Checking the battery: Depending on how cold the temperature is, sometimes very cold temps can reduce the starting power of your battery by 50 percent. Always make sure to have your battery tested before winter comes and if your battery is more than 5 years old, come and have it checked at your Sid Dillon Service location.
Checking tire pressure and tire tread: As the cold temps arrive, the pressure in your tires will drop. Make sure to always check your tire pressure before you go on a road trip. Also, tire tread can be very dangerous if not maintained and acknowledged. If you are not sure how much tread you have or the conditions of your tires come see your Sid Dillon Service location.
Keeping the gas tank as full as possible: Keeping your gas tank full or at least above a quarter of the tank during the winter months can help prevent moisture freezing in your gas lines. The last thing you want to do is “try and make it to the next stop,” because you never know what kind of road conditions you may run into on your way home. That extra ¼ or full tank can mean the difference between stuck on the side of road cold and waiting for help or sitting at home drinking hot chocolate by the fire.
Packing a safety kit: An emergency along the highway can happen at any moment, especially in winter months with changing road conditions. A few things we suggest keeping in your vehicle are, flashlight, first-aid kit, jumper cables, chain, a winter coat, gloves, hat, a bag of salt for tire traction, extra windshield wiper fluid, a blanket, and a ice scraper.
Take your time, leave a little early to your destination and be safe this winter on the roads with your family.
The above are simply recommendations in order to keep you and your family safe. Thank you for reading, have a safe and happy holidays. Thank you for choosing Sid Dillon.