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How to Get Your Car Ready for the Winter

How to Get Your Car Ready for the Winter

As you have probably noticed, summer is officially gone, and winter is quickly approaching. While you are dusting off your coats and gloves, there are a few other things that you should be doing to prepare for the colder weather. Not only can the roads become dangerous in the winter, but colder weather can take a toll on some of the components of your vehicle. Here is a look at some of the things you should be doing now to ensure that your car is ready this winter.

Check the Battery


It is not uncommon for drivers to start their car in the winter, only to find that the battery is dead. Car batteries are required to work harder during the winter. They also usually get used a lot during the summer, so the extra strain can be too much on them by the time winter comes around.

Before the temperatures start to get too cold, you should have your battery checked out by a professional. A service technician will be able to look at your battery and see if there is any corrosion around the posts or any other damage on the surface. They will also check the voltage of the battery to ensure that is ready for the cold, brutal winter head.

Check the Wiper Blades


Once the colder weather has set in, you should check the condition of your wiper blades often. The snow, ice, and cold temperatures can cause damage to your windshield wipers. You should check the wipers regularly to ensure that there are no tears or gashes in the blade. If you do notice that there is any damage, you should have your wiper replaced immediately.

Invest in a Set of Winter Tires


Winter tires are designed to perform better in colder temperatures. These types of tires have thicker rubber and thicker tread that allow them to grip the road better in the winter weather. There are some parts of the country that require all drivers to have winter tires on their vehicles in the winter. However, the other provinces strongly suggest that you have winter tires on their vehicles from December through March.

Check the Tire Pressure


Not only should you get specialized tires during the winter, but you should also keep a close eye on your tire pressure. When the temperature starts to drop, the air pressure in your tires will drop as well. To help prevent damage to your tires, it is important that you pay attention to the air pressure in your tires during the colder months.

Get Your Vehicle a Tune-Up


It is always a good idea to get your vehicle a tune-up regularly. But it is especially important to do before the winter weather hits. During a tune-up, the technician will check vital components, including, belts, hoses, the battery, engine, and more. The tune-up will help to ensure that your car is ready to battle the elements this winter.

If you have any questions about winterizing your vehicle, please feel free to contact us today.

Categories: Service, Winter car care