Show Her Some Extra Love
You call your ride your “baby”—because you treat it as such. From insanely meticulous hand washes to quad-coat wax jobs that could make a mirror envious to changing the oil—and beyond. Yeah, it’s safe to say you take car care to the max. It’s also safe to say there are no limits to how far you’ll go to keep your ride pristine. We like your style. Sure, some might call you crazy for going the extra mile for your car (pun very much intended), but we call you "brother"—because we share in your car craziness.
In short, you make sure your “baby” (or whatever pet name you’ve given your car), is running at her absolute best. You do it all regularly, but get ready to do even more during this month of October. No, not because of Halloween (although you should protect your car from wily teens wielding a lifetime supply of silly string, toilet paper, and super sticky candy). Nope, the real reason is because October is Car Care Month. Seriously, it is. Google it.
That’s right, this is a month of celebration. It’s a time for you to ramp up your crazy car care antics. And, in honor of Car Care Month, here are a few things to keep in mind with winter right around the corner:
- Replace your wiper blades. They typically last about six months; and the rubber breaks down from the constant ummer heat. And make sure you’re using a quality washer fluid. Don’t use plain water—it’ll freeze in super cold temps. After all, keeping your eyes on the road is much easier when you can actually see the road, right?
- Make sure your tires are tip-top. You already check the tire pressure regularly, but while you’re at it, make sure your ride is rockin’ some solid tires that’ll keep you protected during winter driving. Because slippery roads make braking—and driving in general—difficult, and downright dangerous if your “baby” isn’t sitting on the right rubber.
- Always be in charge. As you know, the battery is to the car as the heart is to the human body. In short, no battery, no go. But you already knew that. What you maybe didn’t know, however, is that cold temps can cut a battery’s life in half. Being stranded with a dead battery is never cool—especially when it’s arctic outside—so get your battery tested if it’s over three-years old.
- Also, make sure your radiator is housing enough antifreeze—to keep your engine protected during winter. Antifreeze is designed to prevent the water in your radiator from freezing. It’s also key to making sure the engine is running nice and warm—which helps keep your car’s cabin comfy and toasty.
- Last but not least, make sure you have an emergency kit. It’s called an emergency kit for a reason. You’ll 99.9% never need it, but it’s worth having in your back pocket in case that 0.01% creeps up on you. Just pick one up and toss it in your trunk. Easy.
Well, that’s about it. Grab some car wax, wiper blades, check your battery strength, and celebrate the awesomeness of treating your "baby" like a, well, baby.
Happy Car Care Month!