Tips for Getting Your Vehicle Winter Ready

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Are you and your vehicle winter ready?

Fall is such a great time of the year. It ties the seasons together with a beautiful transition from summer heat to winter cold. As we enjoy the cooler fall air and watch the autumn colors come in, let’s not forget about the colder months to approach. It’s important not to forget about your vehicle too. That’s why we have put together a few tips to help you and your vehicle prepare for the winter weather, and beat the cold.

Tip 1. Seasonal Winter Checkup – Have your vehicle service and a complete seasonal check up to insure your vehicle is ready to take on the colder weather. Have your vehicles heat and cooling system checked for proper operation. This will help prevent unexpected failures during the colder season.

Tip 2. Stock Up – Stocking up on extra bottled water, energy bars, and blankets in your car can help keep you safe in an emergency situation. Be sure to keep a first aid kit, emergency flares, a flashlight and backup phone charger, just in case.

Tip 3. Stay Fueled Up – During winter weather keep your fuel tank at least half full in case of an emergency. Don’t get caught in a snow or ice storm unprepared, keeping your vehicle running will help provide warmed from the winter’s outside temperature. It can also help in the event of a fuel shortage to the local area.

Tip 4. Tire Care – Have you tires check regularly for proper wearing and worn tread. Winter tires are recommended when temperatures fall near freezing to help keep traction when accelerating, stopping and turning on colder asphalt. Have your tire pressures checked weekly, and adjusted to manufacturers specifications to help insure proper handling and increase tire life. If your vehicle has a spare tire, check to make sure its in good working order with the necessary tire tool kit to change it.

Tip 5. Wiper Care – Raising the wiper arms off the windshield during cold temperatures will prevent them from freezing to the windshield. Be careful not to release them too quickly, as it can damage the windshield. Use an ice scraper to remove the ice from the windshield instead of the wiper blades. This will keep them from being damaged and help them last longer. Also, installing winter washer fluid will help the system from freezing and help prevent damage.

Tip 6. Wash & Detail  – Washing and waxing your vehicle will add an extra layer of protection against road grime and salt. Regular car washes after winter storms will help keep the paint, and under body of the vehicle clean, and help against excessive rusting of vital components.

From everyone here at Best Auto Repair Experience, we hope these tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe and prepared going into this winter season. Please feel free to leave other tips or personal experiences in the comments.

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