Many North Carolina drivers are unaware of how climate changes affect their motor vehicle. It is probable that your car may not function properly without some kind of attention for its winter needs. Regular maintenance is crucial in ensuring the longevity of your vehicle as well keeping your car safe.
It is not uncommon for auto accidents to occur because drivers have not prepared their car for winter driving – which can often create a situation where a motorist can lose control of their vehicle due to malfunction or an inability to perform in hazardous weather conditions.
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Vehicle Maintenance Tips for the Winter
The cold weather can affect several parts of your motor vehicle. By following some simple winter vehicle preparation tips, you can help to keep your car running through the long winter.
Some of these tips can include:
Depending on the temperature of the engine, the type of engine oil you use changes. The temperature outside effects the temperature of your engine, so it’s imperative to use the proper engine oil for the weather. The colder it is outside, the thinner, less viscous your oil you should be using.
For example, if you normally use 10W-30 during the summer, you might want to use a 5W-30 in the winter. If you are not sure what type of oil to use, read your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer.
Using a simple, plug-in engine block heater is also an easy way to ensure that the oil in your crankcase and sump (the lowest part of your engine) does not freeze.
While coolant is used to keep your car from overheating, it is also used to protect your engine from corrosion. Most motor vehicles should contain 60 percent coolant and 40 percent water in the winter.
It’s important to note that there is no liquid on earth that cannot be boiled OR frozen. However, many formulas of engine coolant have been developed to withstand most winters that we will endure. Drivers should not skip this step when preparing the car for the winter.
North Carolina motorists should not overlook their windshields when preparing their car for the cold climate. Experts recommend using a windshield washer fluid that contains an antifreeze solution; this will help you clean off cold and heavy grime.
It is a good idea for motorists to keep an emergency kit in their car, regardless of time of year. You should keep the following items in your car, in case you get stuck on the side of the road or in a snow bank:
- Engine Oil
- Washer fluid
- High calorie snacks (energy bars, chocolate bars)
Having some of these basic provisions can help you to take care of an engine problem that may otherwise stop you on the road – or to perhaps survive a cold night if you are stuck due to bad weather or other environmental conditions that are beyond your control.
Bad Weather Auto Injury? Contact Our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer
Driver negligence from other motorists, and vehicle malfunctions can be a contributing factor of many auto accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina car accident that occurred in bad weather – or as a result of bad weather, you may be eligible to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.
Here at Lewis & Keller, we have a team of attorneys that are ready to help with any auto-injury questions that you may have. We have offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro and are ready to help you today.
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