The cold is upon us. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Your car is also starting to feel the difference. It has to worker harder the colder it gets. We have compiled a list of tips below to make sure your car can handle the impending weather.
- Check your tires weekly to ensure that have adequate pressure and tread. Consider winter tires, which are designed to have better grip on icy pavement
- Replace your windshield wipers
- Fill the wiper fluid tank with a winter mixture and maintain the proper fluid level
- Check brake fluid levels and brake pads for wear and tear
- Test your battery by turning on the headlights before starting the engine – if they get brighter once you start the engine, schedule an appointment with a mechanic for further electrical inspection
- Keep your gas tank filled whenever possible, especially before an impending storm. This can help in the event you cannot get to the gas station or get stuck in a storm and need to keep the car running to stay warm
- Don’t forget to break out those heavy duty rubber mats to protect your interior from snow and salt
- Keep your exterior clean and be sure to rinse off corrosive road salt, especially after big storms
These are just a few of many tips for getting your car ready for the winter. If you have questions, give us a call or contact your local mechanic for a pre-winter inspection to make sure your car is ready for the season!