Everett, Washington’s winters aren’t as bad as many other states, but you should still make sure that you are prepared. Even though Everett isn’t likely to get slick icy roads in general, some slick roads over bridges and overpasses could be a bit icy at the lowest temperatures.
Even though temps rarely fall below freezing, it can be dangerous to be exposed to the elements for a long period of time, even at just 36 degrees. High winds create “wind chill,” essentially meaning that the wind drops the temperature as it relates to your body. The coldest month here is December, and it’s just around the corner. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road during the coldest, wettest season of the year.
Luckily, there are several inexpensive things that you can do to prepare your car for winter.
- Replace the windshield wipers. Most wiper blades are only designed to be effective for one year. Just before our rainiest season is the perfect time to get new ones.
- Check all headlamps and exterior lights, including brake lights, parking lights, turn signals, etc. It’s not just about avoiding a ticket. Rainy days and nights make everything harder to see; and if any of your lights go out, it could be very hazardous.
- Check all fluids. Some fluid leaks are minor but go undetected because fluids aren’t regularly checked. Checking fluids lets your mechanic determine what minor issues might need to be addressed before they become big issues.
- Radiator maintenance is extremely important in the winter. If your radiator isn’t clean and functioning properly, warming up the cabin can cause the vehicle to overheat, leading to other hazards and more expensive repairs.
- Check tire tread depth, effectiveness, and soundness. If temps do drop below freezing while the roads are wet, there could be slick spots on bridges and overpasses. Make sure your tires have good tread and are rated for all weather conditions.
- Check your battery to make sure it is charging and discharging correctly. If you detect issues, check the alternator as well. If your battery dies while you are out on a cold rainy day, it could be dangerous to your health.
In addition to these basic maintenance issues, you should have your mechanic look at your car before winter to make sure you will be safe. In addition to the above, you should consider:
- Replacing the cabin filter, if you have one
- Inspecting and servicing the heating system
- Inspecting and servicing the brake system
- Getting a full tune up
- Scheduling maintenance
- Repairing any existing annoyances
If you are ready to schedule your service maintenance to prepare for winter, contact us today for your appointment.