Tips for Winterizing your Vehicle

Winter is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your vehicle! While we might not get bombarded with snow, it never hurts to be safe and plan ahead. Let’s take a look at the best ways to make sure your vehicle is prepared for cold weather!

Monitor your Battery:

You might notice that your car takes longer to start when it’s cold outside. When temperatures drop, the amount of energy needed to start your car increases. You don’t want to break down and get caught in the cold. Existing battery issues got you concerned? We’d love to help alleviate those fears. 

Replace Wiper Blades and Fluid: 

Changing out your windshield wipers for a fresh set and replacing your wiper fluid might just save your life this winter. 

Consider Snow Tires: 

Whether you’re driving in icy conditions or anticipating the worst to come, snow tires can be a lifesaver when handling winter roads. Winter tires use special compounds to ensure the tires resist hardening in even the coldest of temperatures. They’ll even help you get better traction in slush, on ice and snow. All-season tires can function well in the winter, but for the highest degree of safety and efficiency, winter tires are the way to go. 

Track your Tire Pressure: 

As always, be sure to monitor your tire pressure. Cold temperatures cause your the PSI inside your tires to drop and you might notice your tire pressure light click on. Being conscious of your tires’ pressure is the best way to stay ahead of the cold.

Top Off Your Anti-Freeze

This one is a no-brainer, but definitely follow this step regardless of where you live. 

Fill Your Gas Tank:

Keeping your gas tank at least half-full in the winter is an absolute must. With more gas in the tank, your gas tank won’t build up condensation and potentially freeze the gas lines that run through your vehicle. Believe us, you don’t want them to freeze. Don’t think twice about running to the gas station and putting in a few gallons to save you a major headache. 

Check your Rear Defroster:

Did you know that several states have laws that require your windows to be clear of condensation and debris? While we believe this is a general rule of thumb, it’s always smart to make sure your rear windshield’s defrosters are in working condition and won’t leave you driving recklessly on cold, wet mornings. You’ll not only be driving safe with a working defroster, you’ll also be providing a safe experience for the drivers around you trying to weather the elements. 

Pack Emergency Supplies:

The best thing you can do to winterize your car is to make sure you have a survival kit packed away just in case. A warm jacket, blanket, portable phone charger, food, water and hand warmers, just to name a few items, should be included to ensure you can weather a storm in the unfortunate event of a breakdown. 

Concerned about winterizing your vehicle? We’d love to help you prepare your vehicle and make sure you’re prepared for the cold months ahead. 

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