Some people say that you can tell everything about a man just by observing how he takes care of his car. The climate of our planet, but also the local climates themselves are constantly changing. This affects almost every aspect of our lives, but the toll it will leave on the condition of your vehicle is completely up to you. There are several steps of percussion that you can take which will protect your vehicle even from the harsher weather or climate conditions. Everything is in your hands.
Keep your car in a safe place
Perhaps the smartest thing to do with your vehicle, of course when not driving it is to keep it in a designated, safe place like a garage. This will protect your car from any weather conditions no matter how harsh they are. If you don’t have a garage do not despair, there is another cheap, quick and highly effective way for you to protect your car and that is by getting a container shelter. They are cheep, easy to find and to set up and will protect your car from any outdoors conditions same as the garage would.
Winter is coming
Since you cannot keep your car in a garage all the time you will have to prepare it against any potential weather hazards that could occur. In the winter there are three greatest threats to your car.
- Low temperatures. Be sure to check the level of antifreeze in your car, as it protects your engine from freezing. Also, make sure that your battery is strong, since batteries over five years old may have trouble starting in a sub-zero temperatures.
- Snow. Make sure that you have your winter tires on and don’t be lazy and use chains on them if the conditions dictate it.
- Salt is the third and long term its the most dangerous threat for your car on the road. Although it is used to protect your tires from a slippery road, salt may prove to be bad for the general condition of your car. Make sure to take your car to the car wash regularly or wash it yourself and the salt on the road will present neither trouble for you nor your vehicle.
In the summertime
In the summer because of all the heat and the dust there is a significant level of hazard for your vehicle. According to US Department of Transportation research data, most dangerous driving season is summer! More fatal accidents occurred during June, July and August 2012 than in period from December through February same year. Different factors contribute to this sad statistics, from vacation travel, to rise in road work. According to some of the most successful car manufacturers, the general performance of your vehicle is most in danger in the summer. Be sure to perform a regular maintenance of your vehicle at least once a month at least during this period.
- Check and maintain the air-conditioning in your car for the sake of your own well being.
- Check your engine filters for dust and insects since the most common hazard for your car in the summer is overheating and the last thing is- make sure to do the same with your lights.
- Check your tires because recommended level pressure increases fuel efficiency , improves your handling of vehicle and there for prevents potential crashes.
The rainy season
Make sure to prepare your car for the spring and autumn rains since they can create a significant difficulty in controlling your vehicle. This is so common cause of car accidents that most auto-moto associations across the globe, caution drivers to pay special attention during these conditions. The thing you can do to make your steering more under control is raise the pressure in your tires up by 10% at least. Also, because of the reduced visibility, make sure to have your lights on even during the daytime. But that’s not all of your concerns, today you also have to worry about the effects of acid rain on your vehicle. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist, acid rain consists of various forms of acid one of which, the sulfuric acid does not vaporize but stays on the surface of your car. The best and the most effective way to deal with this is to protect your car with layers of wax or some similar protective barrier.
The condition of your vehicle is in the direct connection with your own safety and the safety of your family and friends. This means that you can never be too safe. Protect your car as much as possible, avoid driving in extreme conditions, but if you still need to hit the road make sure to take all the steps of percussion necessary. Enjoy, and have a safe trip!
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