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Winter Vehicle Preparation Tips

Winter drivingTennessee's diverse climate allows residents and visitors to experience all four seasons. Many Tennessee drivers are unaware that the weather affects their vehicle. Proper maintenance and tune-ups are vital to ensuring the longevity and safety of your car.

Motorists that fail to prepare their vehicle for the changing seasons increase their chances of being involved in an accident.

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Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

The cold weather can impact the performance of your passenger vehicle. Tennessee drivers need to keep this in mind before winter approaches. You can keep vehicle running through the cold months by following these winter vehicle preparation tips.

Oil

Depending on the temperature of your engine, the type of engine oil you use may vary.  The outside temperature effects the temperature of your cars engine, so its important for you to use the appropriate engine oil for the season. The colder the temperature is the thinner, less viscous your oil you should be. For instance, if you typically use 10W-30 during the summertime, you should probably use 5W-30 in the winter. If you have any questions about the type of oil to use, you should refer to the owners manual or contact the dealership.

Coolant

Coolant is used to keep your vehicle from overheating; it is also used to prevent your engine from corroding.  Typically, passenger vehicles should contain 60 percent coolant and 40 percent water in the winter months. Motorists should make sure that their cars have the appropriate amount of coolant.

Battery Capacity

Before winter approaches, car owners should inspect their batteries including the fluid, terminals and cables. Your vehicles battery capacity in the winter is reduced. Check to make sure that there are no breaks or cracks on the cables. In addition, there should be no loose terminal connections. If you find that the water level is low, refill it with distilled water.

Windshield Treatment

Drivers should not overlook their windshield when preparing their cars for the winter. Auto experts recommend that motorists use a windshield wiper fluid that has an antifreeze solution, this will make possible for you to clean the cold and heavy grime from your windshield.

Emergency Kit

It is highly advised that Tennessee drivers keep an emergency kit in their vehicle throughout the year.  You always have the items listed below in your car, in the event that you are stranded on the side of the road or stuck in a snow bank:

  • Blankets or quilts
  • Engine oil
  • Flashlight
  • Flares
  • Coolant
  • Washer fluid

Winter vehicle preparation will allow you to operate your vehicle safely in the winter months.

Contact a Knoxville Auto Accident Attorney

Unfortunately, even when you do maintain your vehicle and drive safely accidents can still occur. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident in Knox County, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Injury victims may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact an experienced attorney at Greg Coleman Law today.

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