As we approach months of heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures, it's a good idea for car owners to winterize their vehicles. Winterizing your Jeep or any vehicle can help avoid problems like sliding on icy roads, frozen fuel lines, bad visibility, or any other emergencies that can occur when temperatures drop.
Check out these tips for preparing your Jeep for the winter to travel safely on Colorado roadways.
Switch to a hardtop
Switching from a soft top to a hard top is the first step to take before winter. Hardtops are more durable than soft tops during extreme weather conditions. The fabric of soft tops can tear or rip more easily than a solid fiberglass roof when you're scraping ice and snow off your vehicle. Plus, you'll be warmer and have more security.
Check your coolant
Frozen fluids are a concern for any driver in colder weather, so it's best to make sure that you have the correct ratio of water and antifreeze in your tank. Fuel additives are also helpful in ensuring your fuel doesn't freeze.
Replace wiper blades
Bad visibility is a problem in the winter because of increased precipitation and shorter daylight hours. Having new wiper blades will help you clear ice and snow off your windshield more efficiently.
Check the battery
Batteries have a harder time making a connection in low temperatures, especially if they're older. You can check to see if your battery is working properly to make sure you don't get stranded.
Examine your heater
Now is the time to check out if your heater and defroster are working correctly. If not, you're in for some very cold trips. If you notice they aren't working as well as they used to, take your Jeep in to your local mechanic to have it repaired.
Install snow tires
We have less traction on winter roadways from snow, ice, and the insidious black ice. Snow tires are a worthy investment if you live in a climate that experiences heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures.
Using these tips for preparing your Jeep for the winter now can save you from headaches in the future.