7 Winter Car Care Tips

November 6, 2023

Winter is just around the corner. That means salted streets, icy roads, freezing temperatures, and snow. Make sure your car is well cared for during the difficult winter months by utilizing these winter car care tips. Here are a few simple car care tips that can go a long way toward making sure you stay safe and that your car remains in great shape all winter long.

Invest in Winter Tires

Snow tires are made of a softer rubber than all-season tires which allows them to retain flexibility, even in the coldest of the cold winter weather. Tread patterns on these tires also allow for exceptional grip in the winter when the roads tend to be more slippery due to ice.

Check Your Lights

Check to make sure all interior and exterior lights are working properly. We recommend a headlight restoration service to improve the clarity of your headlights to help you been seen better by other drivers.

Maintain That Battery

Before winter gets an icy grip on your battery, have your electrical system tested, including your battery and alternator. Also, check the battery using a voltmeter to make sure it’s in good condition. Your voltmeter should read 12.4 volts or higher.

Top Off Both Gasoline and Washer Fluid

Gas & washer fluid are two liquids you should always try to keep full during the winter. A full gas tank may prevent accumulated water from freezing inside your fuel pump. A full windshield-washer reservoir is critical, as messy road debris from a snowstorm can sometimes result in constant window washing to see where you’re going.

Test Your Defroster and Heater

Check your car’s window defroster and its climate control system to make sure both items are still working properly. The climate control system will help keep you warm in the winter while the defroster will keep your windows from icing and fogging up.

Leave Your Wipers Down

One of the biggest mistakes you can make during the freezing winter is leaving your wipers up. While this might seem like an easy solution to wiping away show from your windshield it can cause long-term damage to your wipers and its springs. Instead use a snow brush to wipe away snow and ice.

Take It Slow When Driving

It’s no surprise that during the winter months, road travel can become more of a challenge especially with snow and icy weather. To avoid swerving on the road or any potential accidents, remember to take it slow and avoid slamming on the breaks when driving when the roads are spotty.

To ensure your car is prepped and ready for the winter, bring your car by and we’ll check your vehicle to ensure that it’s winter ready.

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