When it comes to shipping your car, there are certain things you need to do for vehicle maintenance, depending on the season. In winter, snowfall, rain, ice and freezing temperatures create complications for shippers. To ease the car shipping process in winter, you need to make the right preparations, which this blog outlines.
Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter Shipping
1. Wash and Wax
During the winter season, you need to wash and wax your car more carefully. Wash away the accumulated dust and dirt in wheel wells and on your car’s undercarriage. The winter weather may ruin your car’s paint and original shine which exposes it to oxidation and rust. When you wax your car, you protect it from ice, salt and snow. These elements hit your car hard and cling to the front grille, quarter panels and behind the wheels, so focus on these parts when waxing.
2. Keep a Winter Supply Box in Your Car
For both your and your car’s safety, keep a winter supply box in your trunk to save you if an accident occurs during transit on a cold weather day. Include items such as a first aid kit, a flashlight, blankets, warm clothes, road flares and high-energy snacks.
3. Lubricate Seals and Door Locks
Seals, door locks and hinges tend to freeze in winter. To prevent this, lubricate them with a weather strip spray. In addition, see if all the hatches and doors close properly to avoid water or snow getting in. Before shipping, put a moisture absorber inside the vehicle.
4. Check Antifreeze Levels and Engine Coolant
Before shipping your car in winter, check your antifreeze levels. Without proper antifreeze, your engine is at risk of freezing and leaving you stranded. It is advisable to use a kit, in conjunction with the instructions in the car’s manual, to check your engine coolant levels.
5. Check Your Tire Pressure and Tread Depth
Good tires are key to your safety so make sure they are in shape with a few techniques. Use a gauge to check tire pressure and top them up if need be. Also, be sure your tires have the right amount of tread. If you live in a chilly climate, install winter tires before the season arrives.
6. Switch to a Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid
Regular wiper fluid freezes when it comes in contact with your windshield in winter. Instead, use non-freeze winter windshield wiper fluid. It also loosens snow and ice so you can always see the road.
7. Use a Winter Grade Oil
With the arrival of cold weather, it is advisable to switch to an oil with a low viscosity grade. The first number in oil specification indicates the viscosity of your oil in cold weather, while a lower number reflects better winter viscosity. For instance, if you use a 10W-30 oil, go for 5W-30 at your next oil change.
8. Check Your Car Battery
Car batteries tend to die faster in winter so have yours checked before shipping. Make sure the terminals are tight, clean and show no signs of corrosion. Keep your booster pack and jumper cables in your car to reduce the risk of unexpected battery failure in transit.
9. Prepare for Delays
Holiday traffic and high order volumes make driving smoothly in winter difficult for truckers. There is a higher chance of delays in shipping your car in cold weather. But there are things you can do to make shipping easier if a delay occurs. Stay flexible, have a backup plan, and fix shipping dates with your carrier as soon as you can. Also, make sure they offer tracking facilities so you know where your car is at all times.
The above-mentioned steps will help you prepare your vehicle for shipping in winter. It is advisable to keep a winter supply box handy. Get in touch with Viamar Scilla Transport International INC for safe, secure and timely shipping of your car during the winter season.