Winter is approaching quickly. If you own a truck, it's time to make sure that it's ready for the weather change. This is particularly important if you take your truck out into the woods for hunting. The last thing you want is to get stuck in the middle of nowhere because your truck wasn't ready for the cold weather. Proper winterization of your truck will ensure that it's ready to go where you need it to go – and get you back home again at the end of the day. Here are four crucial steps you need to take to get your truck ready for winter.
Start With New Tires
If you haven't changed your tires yet, it's time to do that. A good set of snow tires will make sure you have the tread to get through all types of winter weather. All-season tires are good, if you're only expecting some heavy rains or mud. However, if there's even a remote chance that you'll be out in the snow on your adventures, you've got to have a set of good snow tires on your truck.
Have Your Battery Tested
If you haven't had your battery tested yet, take the time to do that before the cold weather settles in. Freezing temperatures will destroy your battery, especially if it's already low on charge. If your battery tests low, you need to replace it before winter arrives. That way, you don't end up with a dead battery while you're out in the woods hunting.
Protect Your Diesel Fuel
If your truck runs on diesel fuel, you've got to make sure it's protected against freezing. During periods of freezing temperatures, diesel fuel can gel up inside your engine and tank. Unfortunately, gelled diesel fuel will destroy your truck. Adding an anti-gelling agent to your fuel before winter arrives will ensure that your fuel flows freely during even the coldest weather.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
If you're going to have your truck out in the field while you're hunting, you've got to have a proper emergency kit on-board. You never know when you're going to get snowed in and have to hang out for the night. Be sure you have emergency blankets, food and extra clothing in your truck throughout the winter. You'll also need an air compressor for emergency flats, as well as a battery charger. Those pieces of equipment will save the day in an emergency.
Contact a shop, like Downtown Garage & Auto Body, for more help.