How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Woman waiting for tow truck in winter
With the coldest months of the year rapidly approaching, and even already here in some parts of the country, it’s time to start preparing yourself for dealing with rain, snow, and ice on an almost daily basis. Aside from dusting the mothballs from your coats and scarves and making sure your home is secure from cold breezes and frozen pipes, the most important thing you can do to prepare for this season is to make sure your car is ready to handle the winter wonderland that lies ahead. Even though it is super important to keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule year-round, it is crucial to prepare your car for winter. It might not be so bad for your car to break down on a warm spring or summer day, but having to wait for a tow truck, or other help, with bone chilling temperatures is no one’s idea of a good time. Check out these tips to make sure that your car can get you to all your destinations safely this winter.

Make Sure You’re Getting Heat

Dashing through the snow to work every day with a broken heater is a sure-fire way to give yourself the winter blues. If your heating, air conditioning, or any of the vents in your car are having problems, be sure to get them fixed before the temperatures start to drop.
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Check Your Tires

Driving in bad weather can be tough with even the best snow tires. Make sure yours are in top condition to avoid accidents on the highway. Also, check your tire pressure. As the temperature turns frosty, the pressure in your tires decreases. Add some extra air to your tires, just in case.

Take your Battery in for a Check-up

Your battery takes a toll by working harder to keep the engine warm in the winter. Have your mechanic check your battery life and replace it if necessary. You’ll be thankful you checked this the next time you see someone in a parking lot trying to jump start their car while standing in a pile of snow!

Check all Fluids

This is an important part of car maintenance that you should always keep up with, but make sure to tackle this part of your to-do list before it gets too chilly outside. This includes checking your oil, your windshield wiper fluid, and the anti-freeze in your vehicle. These can all thicken in colder weather and can even cause more harm than good if they are too thick, too thin, or need replacing, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Following these tips to prepare your car for winter means you and your vehicle should be ready for whatever old man winter throws your way. Safe travels!

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