Coffee Beans of Wisdom – 寒い天候時の車 : Cars in Cold Weather

Coffee Beans of Wisdom

winter carWhen it starts getting cold, there are some things about your car that you should keep an eye on. You might know what to do in Japan, but here are some hints for living in America.

Tires: With the colder temps, some tires might appear to be low on air. There are 3 good options. First is to go to a gas station and look for a machine that says, “Air” on it. You might need to pay a few quarters for it, but it’s easy to fill up the tires by yourself. Second is to go to your car dealer’s service center and say, “My tires need air.” Third, which I often do, is go to where I bought my tires (a discount tire location) and use their free tire air check service in front. I just wait a few minutes in front of the sign until someone comes out to check my tire pressure.

Tire Hint: If you think you actually have a tire leak, the discount tire centers are fast and efficient for checking if there is a leak or not. You can say, “I think my tire has a leak,” (not “panku”).

Gas: If you live in a colder state, you might hear that you shouldn’t let your gas tank go below ¼, or even ½, so that your gas doesn’t freeze overnight.

Cold Hint: I haven’t had any problems with gas freezing in Michigan, but my Honda Odyssey doors once couldn’t shut all the way because of the freezing temps. I drove to the car dealership and they warmed up enough in the service center to finally close.

Windshield wipers: You probably already know to pull up your wipers if you leave your car outside in cold weather, but you might want to know where to buy the windshield wiper fluid, which helps clean off the windows when driving on dirty, snowy, salty roads. You can purchase it at any gas station, most any supermarket or big-box store, usually in large, clear, gallon-size container (see pic). Just open up the front hood, look for the Wiper Fluid cap and pour it in!