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Tips for Car Care in the Deep DC Freeze

Posted on: February 20, 2015
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As the District’s temperatures dip into single digits, it’s important to take certain precautions to ensure the life of your vehicle. Here at Atlantic, we of course think the best way to keep your car out of the cold is to hibernate in an Atlantic Parking Garage. However most of us do not have that luxury and have to brave the cold. If you have to go out, here are some tips to keep your car functioning at top performance.

1. Battery Life

Your battery should be changed every 3-5 years depending on your driving habits. An older battery, especially in the winter, leads to greater chances of the dreaded “click click click” non-start.

Once you arrive at your destination, be sure to turn off all accessories before turning off the car can help the battery on the next start up.

2. Check your fluids

During cold spells like the one we’re in, regular windshield fluid has a tendency to freeze, putting you at risk. Be sure to use a “winterblend” wiper fluid that will reduce chances of freezing.

3. Tire Pressure

Having the correct tire pressure is essential for proper handling and control. A temperature change of just 10 degrees can cause issues with handling and control. Be sure to check the side of your driver side door for what pressure your tires should be at.

4. Gas

Keep your gas tank above/about half full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.

Keep these tips in mind and you will have a safer Washington, DC winter. 

And just keep thinking, Spring is coming!

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