Danica Patrick, IndyCar(r) Series
sensation offers the ABC's of making your
car ready for winter: "I learned how to
drive in the Midwest, famous for some of the
most extreme winter weather conditions,"
Danica said. "This taught me that harsh
weather can be very hard on a car. You're
risking a breakdown if you don't take the
time to prepare your vehicle for the winter,
even if you don't have your own pit crew."
A recent survey commissioned by the Car
Care Council found 70% of people admitted to
not winterizing their vehicle. In fact, AAA
estimates vehicle breakdowns top 5 million
during the winter holiday season alone.
"Many people are intimidated by the idea of
"home car care" but there is no reason you
can't do it yourself," Danica said. "Not
everyone has a pit crew to help them stay in
Danica recommends that you use these
"Easy as ABC" tips to help your car run
smooth all year round, and spend less money
A - Antifreeze: Make sure you have the
right amount of antifreeze/coolant in your
engine. Checking the level of antifreeze is
as easy as lifting your car's hood and
looking to see if the fluid level in your
antifreeze/coolant reservoir is at the
indicator line. If your system is visibly
low, take a few minutes to top off using a
reliable, universal coolant like PEAK(r)
Long Life. Designed for use in any car or
light truck, regardless of make, model, age
or original antifreeze color, PEAK Long Life
features a patented, all-season formula that
provides superior protection, guaranteed for
150,000 or five years. For details, visit
B - Battery: The lifespan of a battery is
about three years; however, harsh winter
weather can cut a battery's life in half.
There are no strong warning signs to alert
you that your battery is going to quit.
Having it checked during an oil change can
make all the difference in the world, and
it's so simple. No one wants to be stranded
with a dead battery in the freezing cold!
C - Check Your Windshield Wipers for wear
and tear. Be sure to look for cracked
rubber, or to see if the wiper has a curve
to it. No need for a mechanic in this case;
simply lift the blades away from the
windshield and inspect them. Mr. Clean(tm)
Premium Wiper Blades are easy to install and
provides tremendous clean wiping in all
types of weather. If you live in an area
with severe weather, consider specialized
winter wiper blades made to withstand the
harshest of conditions.
D - De-ice: Add de-icing windshield wiper
fluid to help with visibility in bad
weather. Adding de-icing fluid is so easy,
you can fill your washer fluid in a garage,
parking lot, or just about anywhere. Mr.
Clean(tm) Premium Windshield Wash wiper
fluid both de-bugs and de-ices, eliminating
the need to change products when winter
E - Engine: Check your engine oil
regularly. This is a quick task that can
help your car run smoothly. Just remove the
dipstick from the engine while you're
filling your tank or topping off other
fluids. All you need is a paper towel to
clean off your hands when you are finished!
If the oil pressure gauge indicates
extremely low oil pressure, take your
vehicle in immediately as this can lead to
F - Fill Your Tires. Having the
appropriate pressure in tires is important
in winter months; low tire pressure can hurt
numerous parts of your car and lead to poor
alignment. Checking tire pressure alerts you
to possible leaks that could lead to tire
blow outs. Having a tire gauge is very
inexpensive and easy to keep in your glove
box. This is just like checking the tires on
your bike, except you don't have to do the
pumping. One more reason to check the tire
pressure...having full and balanced tires
can save 2-3 miles per gallon of gas, that's
extra money for you!
G - Gas. Your gas tank should never be
less than half-full. Anything less than this
can lead to the gas lines freezing in your
vehicle. Make sure you gas cap is on tight;
this can also result in your gas lines
"When it comes to winter driving, it's
not about getting their first - it's about
arriving safe and sound," Danica points out.
"Making sure your car is Winter Worthy will
save you money and help you avoid problems
in the long run."
For details about PEAK Antifreeze &
Coolant products or Mr. Clean Wiper Blades
and Wash products, contact Josh Russell,
PEAK brand manager at (800) 323-5440 ext.
2122 or Dallas Wilson, Wiper and Wash
products brand manager, at ext. 2025.
Danica Patrick, IndyCar® Series
sensation offers the ABC’s of
making your car ready for
Make sure you have the right
amount of antifreeze/coolant in
Check your windshield wipers for
wear and tear, and add de-icing
windshield wiper fluid to help
with visibility in bad weather