March 3, 2024

How to Keep Your Vehicle Safe Amid Arctic Temperatures

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Arctic air is coming into Michigan and moving across the U.S. That said, you’ll want to make sure to keep your vehicle safe when the weather gets super cold.

Now, AAA is reminding drivers of tips to keep their cars safe during the cold months. Very cold temperatures can hurt a car’s ability to function. To help guide vehicle owners, AAA has released seven tips for drivers to ensure their vehicles stay in optimum condition.

These are AAA’s tips:

Battery – Have charging system tested to ensure it’s fully charged and in good condition.
Gas – Keep tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
Windshield washer fluid – Use one with winter solvent that won’t freeze.
Engine Coolant – Use one that provides anti-freeze protection down to the lowest temperatures you are likely to encounter; -30oF/-34oC is a good guideline.
Vehicle Storage – Park in a garage. If you don’t have access to a garage, put a tarp over the hood or park in a wind-protected area.
Car doors – Prevent freezing. Place a plastic trash bag between the door or window glass and the frame.
Car Wash – Postpone until temps rise above freezing.

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