Six-Point vehicle check will help improve the performance of your vehicle, especially during the winter season. By doing preventive maintenance, it lessens the chances of your car breaking down and gives you more confidence to drive in severe winter weather.
The six-point vehicle check is as follows:
- Battery - Batteries don't give warning signs before they fail that is why you need to replace them every three years. Check all the connections are secured for optimal performance.
- Anti-freeze - This needs to be flushed and refilled every two years and the right kind of mixture. It should not be added at full strength because it will have a lower freeze point than when mixed with water.
- Brake - When driving on icy or snow-covered surfaces, it's essential to have an excellent brake system as the roads will be very slippery.
- Tires - During winter, tires tend to lose pressure when the temperature drops. If you are in an area that gets a lot of snow, also consider replacing tires with specially designed ones to grip slick roads.
- Oil - change oil during recommended intervals and check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. You can also drop oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.
- Wiper Blades - these can get torn during winter because of the cold weather. Consider changing the wiper blades with the specially designed ones that have a rubber boot covering the arm assembly. Always have the nozzles cleaned and adjusted if necessary, and check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.
Doing this might save you the trouble of having a breakdown in the middle of the road. Winter season takes driving to a whole new level that's why it's essential to conduct preventive maintenance on your vehicle.