7 Tips for Winterizing Your Truck

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Few things give you more pride in your life than rolling down the highway or your nearby country road in your truck.

What defines freedom more than a truck with its windows down? Nothing!

However, now that winter is here, you'll want to take proper steps to ensure that precious truck is ready for the harsh cold ahead.

Whether you realized it or not, there are several things you can do when winterizing your truck. Doing so can play a pivotal role in keeping that beauty in top condition for years to come. Here are plenty of ideas to get yourself started!

1. Have It Serviced

Let this first step be a principle that you use on a consistent basis throughout the year. However, it's especially important heading into the deep winter months.

Contrary to popular belief, December isn't the worst of it. The winter's just getting started.

Take your truck in for a checkup to see if the battery, brakes, or cooling system needs to be tended to.

There are also things like cables, wiring, and belts that will need to be looked at as well.

2. Check Your Windshield Wipers

One safety feature in your truck that most people underestimate is the power of fresh wiper blades.

They'll play a crucial role in wiping snow away as you drive as well as breaking up the ice once your defrost has warmed up the windshield enough.

Wipers are always reasonably priced, so always be safe and invest in a new pair for your truck each winter and each spring.

3. Inspect Each Tire's Tread

Driving on bald is much more serious and dangerous than you may realize. Without proper tread, your tire has no way of forcing water away from the tires and grip the roads you're driving on.

Be sure to check your tire tread before the winter gets any harsher.

It could be the difference between turning to avoid danger and ending up on the side of the highway from a spinout.

Hydroplaning is just as dangerous with snow on the ground, or melted snow, as it is during a heavy rainstorm. 

4. Check Tire Pressure

While you're paying close attention to the details of your current tires, why not inspect the tire's air pressure per square inch (PSI).

Some trucks will have software included in them that measures each tire's pressure for you.

However, if not, then you can get a tire pressure gauge for as cheap as $2 to measure each tire on your own. 

Cold air will condense the air in your tires, making them less inflated so it's a factor you want to pay close attention to throughout the winter months.

5. Think About Switching to Winter Tires

One easy solution to avoiding things like grading the tread, tire pressure, and quality of your current tires is by getting winter tires for your truck.

After all, this isn't just any truck... it's your dream truck.

Because of that, investing in things like winter tires is advantageous for keeping your truck as safe as possible through extreme conditions. Every winter day is different, some more hazardous than others.

Winter tires will have the traction, endurance, and durability that are all essential to driving through snow, slush, and soaked roads.

They're especially useful for gaining traction on slippery roads where you otherwise wouldn't have any sense of traction at all. Are you starting to understand why they're so beneficial?

6. Create a Winter Safety Kit

Every vehicle that's going to be driven during the winter months should include an efficient winter emergency kit

Something that, in case of emergency, can provide you with as much warmth and safety as possible.

What to include, you ask? it really depends on what you believe is important to have with where you'll be driving. 

For starters, be sure to include a coat, first aid kit, matches, flashlight, ice scraper, water, antifreeze, car tools, and jumper cables. Some of these will help get you back on the road while others are for you to use while you wait for help to arrive.

Be sure to keep the winter emergency kit in the seats of your truck, not in the actual truck bed. Having a coat or blanket to keep you warm won't do much good if it's already freezing from being out in the elements.

7. Keep Wiper Fluid Full

In this instance, it's not just important to have a full amount of wiper fluid but also the type of wiper fluid you're using.

For obvious reasons, you'll want to purchase wiper fluid that has antifreeze involved in its compound. 

Snow will come from all different angles to get onto your truck's windshield. Don't just assume that if it isn't snowing outside you don't need to refill your wiper fluid.

It can also fly up from the roads when other truck tires kick it up. Depending on how thick it is, you may need to use some fluid to break it up before the wipers can clear it off your windshield.

It's Never too Late for Winterizing Your Truck

Don't just assume that since you're already a few months into winter that you shouldn't take proper steps in winterizing your truck this year.

You never know what could happen, so it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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