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5 Essential Winter Car Care Tips

With winter approaching, here are 5 winter car care tips to keep your vehicle intact during the worst weather of the year. If you’re fortunate to live in a year-long warm climate, we’re jealous. However, for the rest of us the winter can be tough on your car.


Winter Car Car Tip #1: Consider getting snow tires

Snow tires are made of a softer rubber than all-season tires which allows them to retain flexibility, even in the coldest of cold. Tread patterns on these tires also allow for exceptional grip in the snow and ice.

However, snow tires aren’t a instant-fix. They won’t remove the chance of slipping and sliding in your car, but they do provide more traction than standard tires.

Winter Car Care Tip #2: Have your battery checked

The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. However, most motorists can perform routine care. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. A word of caution: Removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles, so always check your owner’s manual first.

However, a bonus edition to our “Winter Car Care Tips” would be to have a professional inspect the battery. This would avoid any danger, or car issues, that can come from inspecting a battery.

Winter Car Care Tip #3: Change your oil and find the proper viscosity

This winter car care tip seems rather simple, however it is another tip that is easy to miss. The cold weather negatively effects oil’s effectiveness. The cold climates will make your oil thicker, reducing engine circulation.

This can be avoided by purchasing oil that is thinner than normal, most vehicles provide a winter oil viscosity (thickness) in the owner’s manual – along with other proper oil viscosity for the changing seasons.

Winter Car Care Tip #4: Check your fluid levels

Working windshield wipers and a solid supply of wiper fluid will ensure that you and your customers have visibility in the worst of snowstorms.

Wiper blades only last a year. If you think that it is time for a replacement, it likely is time for replacing them. Depending on how bad your winters are, you may want to equip your vehicle(s) with winter specialized wipers. Lastly, make sure your car(s) have wiper fluid with a low freezing point.

Winter Car Care Tip #5: Emergency Kit

Every car should be stocked with an emergency kit, just in case you encounter hazardous winter roads. You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case you go into a ditch and can’t get to or open the trunk. It’s good practice to keep everything in a plastic storage container, and place inside your vehicle when traveling. We’ve managed to narrow our list down to these 7 essential items:

  1. Battery-powered radio & flashlight(with extra batteries), and extra cell phone battery
  2. Blanket
  3. Booster cables
  4. Bottled water and nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter.
  5. Fire extinguisher (5-lb., A-B-C type)
  6. First-aid kit and manual
  7. Maps, shovel, flares.

This can be avoided by purchasing oil that is thinner than normal, most vehicles provide a winter oil viscosity (thickness) in the owner’s manual – along with other proper oil viscosity for the changing seasons.

However, a bonus edition to our “Winter Car Care Tips” would be to have a professional inspect the battery. This would avoid any danger, or car issues, that can come from inspecting a battery. If you are unsure and want it check schedule your appointment today!

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