You’re about to start a journey in freezing weather. What part of your vehicle should you clear of ice and snow?
The windows – Driving in adverse weather raises your chances of getting into an accident. If you absolutely must travel, clean any snow or ice from your lights, mirrors, licence plates, and windows so that you can see and be seen.
The importance of anti-freeze
The coolant in most vehicles today is a blend of water and antifreeze. This stays in the radiator all year and helps to keep the engine running somewhat cool. In cold weather, the anti-freeze prevents the coolant from freezing.
The anti-freeze also includes a corrosion inhibitor, which lowers rust and oxidation and extends the system’s life.
Keep the recommended strength of anti-freeze in cold weather. Check it at least once a year, preferably in late summer or early autumn. Check the coolant level periodically, especially before a lengthy drive, and top it off as needed.
Look for high/low level indications on the header tank, if one is installed. The need to top up frequently could suggest a leak or other problem with the cooling system. Check it out at your local mechanic or dealer. It’s a good idea to keep an extra coolant supply in your vehicle.
- When the engine is hot, never remove the radiator or header tank cap.
- Never add cold water to an overheated engine; instead, allow it to cool for a few minutes first.
- If you overfill, the system will blow away the excess as soon as it warms up.