As you might have noticed, the weather is acting strange and is bound to get stranger in the not so distant future. Now, depending upon where you live in the country, you are probably looking forward to getting through this winter as hassle-free as possible.
Well, not just winters, but every other season is getting extreme with the constant changes in the environment. So, keeping all of that in mind, we have put together a few tips that will help you prepare your car for any season and you’ll be able to drive without worrying about the weather.
Hot weather – Look out for your battery
A hot day not only ends up taking a lot out of everybody, but also out of a car’s battery. As the temperature rises, the battery acid starts to evaporate resulting in a weak performance. Furthermore, if your car battery’s age is more than two or three years, you may end up getting stranded on a lonely road with a dead battery. So, to ensure that you don’t end up with a car that won’t start, consider replacing your car battery immediately, if it is older than three years.
Cold Weather – Take care of your tyres
A lot of things happen to your car when the temperature goes down, but the one thing you should be concerned about is the tyre pressure. In cold weather, the air pressure in your car’s tyre is lower than the hot weather. For the temperature change of every 10 degrees, the tyre pressure varies by 1-2 PSI (pounds per square inch). If you are wondering what the sorcery behind it is, it’s just basic physics. In cold weather, the air molecules move slowly leading to a drop in tyre pressure.
So, to make sure that your tyres are properly inflated, invest in a calibrated tyre pressure gauge and learn how to use it the correct way. Things like tread wear, gas mileage and your safety depend a lot on your tyre pressure; therefore, never compromise with the pressure of your tyre. Make sure that you are checking the tyre pressure at the start of your day, as warm tyres won’t show you the correct pressure in the gauge.
Rainy weather – Pay keen attention to the finish
When the sky gets filled with dark clouds, pay keen attention to your car’s finish and ensure there are no blemishes lying around. This is not just to make sure that the car is well-maintained, but also to ensure that it doesn’t suffer from corrosion.
As water has a corrosive nature, you will have to take extreme care of your car to prevent the water from turning it rusty. Such corrosive conditions not only weaken your car’s body, but also its frame if left unchecked.
The little drops of water on your car you were about to Instagram, can also cause damage your car’s finish by acting as a magnifier for sun rays. In such harsh weather conditions, take extra care of your car by using a liquid sealant or wax. Ensure that the flat areas of your car, such as its trunk, hood and roof where the water tend to stays for a longer period, are looked after well. At the end of a rainy day, wipe off the droplets and safeguard your car’s finish.
One more way you can ensure your car stays safe off those droplets and any possible corrosion, is by getting it wrapped from a car wrapping service provider. A quality car wrap not only makes sure it looks shiny, but also gives it a true unblemished look.
Windy weather – Keep an eye out for safety
When it comes to driving in rough weather, a lot of people think of ice or snow. While driving in cold conditions can be risky, driving against heavy winds can be equally dangerous. If you have driven in strong winds before, you may have felt the car being pushed sideways by those winds.
If you feel that winds are getting stronger, hold the wheel tightly with both your hands and slow down.
Also, don’t follow any vehicle closely, especially the heavy-duty ones, like a trailer, bus, truck or any other vehicle that is being towed. Keep an eye out for objects that are blowing strongly across the road. If you feel unsafe while driving in such conditions, pull over to the side of the road and stay far from tall trees.