5 Tips to Prepare your Car for the Winter

Toyota Winter Driving Vehicles

When it comes to traveling during the winter months, many motorists put their safety at risk by failing to prep their vehicle for the harsh weather conditions outdoors. For added peace of mind and to reduce the risk of a collision, it's important to prepare your car for the winter months. Here are a few tips to follow to get your vehicle ready for slippery roads and plenty of rainfall.

  1. Switch to a Low-Grade Oil
    When the colder months arrive, it's common for the oil to become thinner in your engine, making it necessary to use low-grade oil to prevent potential problems from developing. Consider using an oil that has a lower cold weather viscosity grade to ensure that the parts on the engine continue to be lubricated and function well. Check the fluids each month and top them off to ensure that you can avoid potential engine trouble.

  2. Monitor the Tire Pressure
    Your tire pressure should be checked at least once each month because the tire pressure often drops in cold weather conditions. Tires that are under-inflated will begin to wear quickly and will have to be replaced. Look in your owner's manual or inside of the door jam to determine the correct PSI of the tires for the make and model of your car. You can also consider switching to all-season tires if you expect to store or drive your vehicle in a climate that drops below 40 degrees during the day or night. Winter tires are also designed to have more traction and can handle snowy or icy roads better.

  3. Apply Wax to the Exterior of the Car
    Waxing your car is necessary to preserve the paint and prevent it from chipping or fading when exposed to the elements. Applying wax before the snowy season starts can also protect the paint from dirt or salt on the roads to preserve its appearance and overall quality. Apply the product on areas that include behind the wheels, on the front wheel, and the quarter panels of the car.

  4. Inspect the Windshield
    The quality of your windshield will determine how well you're able to see out of it while spending time on the road. Hire a professional to repair cracks or chips in the windshield, which can become more severe when they're exposed to cold temperatures. Replacing the windshield wipers is also necessary to ensure that the blades can wipe the windshield clean of harsher elements during the winter season. The defrosters also need to be inspected to ensure that they can continue to work correctly in cold weather conditions.

  5. Use a Winter Breakdown Kit
    If your vehicle happens to break down during the winter season, you want to avoid becoming stranded on the road. Pack a winter breakdown kit that includes a scraper or de-icer, snow grips to use on your shoes, canned food, a high-visibility vest, a shovel, a blanket, flares, and a flashlight. Having a charged phone on hand is also necessary to ensure that you can call for help in remote areas. Packing extra water in the car can also help you get through the conditions until the vehicle is repaired or until someone arrives at the scene.

Feel free to contact or visit our dealership today if you want to learn more tips on how to prepare your car for the winter season ahead. Our team members take pride in the excellent customer service that we offer and can provide you with details of our financing options.

Categories: Tips & Tricks, Safety
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