Planning ahead for Winter with your car!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Criado Realty 0548772

I am reblogging this from my friend Will Hamm because even in warm, sunny, humid San Antonio, the weather outside is not delightful, and Thursday will be frightful! We typically don't get weather lower than 40 degrees often and even more rare, under 30. But we've been setting records, and it seems this week even earlier, 17.

For those cold weather climate people who laugh at us, you have to realize we don't have the power to support this as our energy is managed based on expectations. The summer is hot as the dickens, which we are prepared for, mostly.  But it's not supposed to freeze more than a few days or this hard.

Our cars aren't equipped for it. We don't have experience driving in it. I worry about what's going to happen this weekend as it will go on through Monday.

Please, please read these tips for your auto!

Original content by Will Hamm

Planning Ahead: How To Prepare Your Car forWinter

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If you’re planning to drive during the cold months, it’s wise to perform regular maintenance checks so your vehicle can run as optimally as possible. Here are seven tips for readying your ride for the winter.

1. Test the battery.

On winter’s coldest mornings, your battery needs to be fully charged and in good condition to start the engine. AAA Owned Car Care facilities and AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities

can test and replace weak batteries. For battery problems at home or on the road, AAA Members can request  for AAA Mobile Battery Service—and a technician will come

and test the battery and replace it on-site, if necessary.

TIP: Check out these common warning signs that your battery may need to be replaced. roadside assistance for AAA Mobile Battery Service—and a technician will come and test the battery and replace it on-site, if necessary.

Or, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, visit a NAPA Auto Parts location to purchase the AAA battery and replace it yourself.

2. Check the tire pressure.

As temperatures drop, so will tire pressures—typically by about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) for every 10 degrees. This is why it’s important to check the inflation pressure on

your tires regularly during cold weather.

Proper tire pressure levels can be found in the owners manual or on a sticker that’s

typically located on the driver’s door jamb (note that the PSI on a tire’s sidewall is its maximum PSI). Examine tires for tread depth, uneven wear and cupping. If the tires look worn at all, get a professional inspection. Tires with a tread depth of less than 4/32 of an

inch will have reduced traction in wet and snowy conditions.

TIP: In extremely cold and snowy climates, a set of winter snow tires or chains may

be a wise investment.

3. Examine antifreeze levels.

Check the coolant in the overflow tank when the engine is cold and turned off. If the level

is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.

Test the antifreeze protection level annually with an inexpensive tester available at most

auto parts stores, including NAPA Auto Parts, where AAA Members can save on most parts and accessories.

4. Apply water repellent to your windshield.

Scraping ice-covered windows can be easier than you think. Apply a water repellent such as Rain-X to all car windows when they’re clean and dry. Then, when you scrape off the ice this winter, it will be much easier.

TIP: Never pour hot water on icy windows—the rapid temperature change could cause them to crack.

5. Clean your headlights.

Cloudy headlights reduce your ability to see and be seen at night, especially in snow

and fog. Improve visibility with a headlight restoration kit, which removes the haze from headlight covers. These kits are available at most auto part stores.

6. Let a professional look at your brakes.

Car brakes don’t always give a warning when they’re worn low or experiencing other problems, and you don’t want to discover there’s an issue with them when you’re on an icy road. Have them checked before winter arrives.

7. Prepare an emergency kit.

Always keep an emergency kit stocked for winter weather. Curate your kit to best reflect

the climate of your area, or area that you’ll be traveling to. The kit should include:

  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Ice scraper with brush (if applicable)
  • Jumper cables
  • Gloves, hats and blankets—enough for everyone who may ride in your car
  • First-aid kit
  • Snow shovel (if applicable)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Window washer solvent
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Drinking water
  • Nonperishable snacks (energy bars or granola bars)
  • Extra clothes
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
  • Mobile phone preprogrammed with important numbers, including family and AAA for roadside assistance, plus a car charger compatible with that phone
  • Download the AAA Mobile app  and other apps that provide access to important resources  to important resources



Will Hamm, Hamm Homes LLC.
Aurora, Colorado

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Comments (3)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Wise winter car tips Will Hamm and Cathy Criado and regarding cleaning headlights those toothpaste or store bought cleaning materials really do work with a little elbow grease on the application. Hey our cars as Realtors are our tools just like the Smart phone so we need to keep them ready to GO! Heff

Dec 20, 2022 10:23 PM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!
Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Dec 21, 2022 06:15 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Excellent advice provided by Will Hamm.

A quality re-blog, Cathy.

Dec 29, 2022 08:03 AM