As we move into the cold season, we’d like to give drivers some winter maintenance tips for getting through the freezing cold temperatures without incident. Follow these tips to stay safe this winter season.
If you’re using all-season wiper fluid, it’s possible you’re at risk for a nasty surprise when it accidentally freezes on your windshield. Opt to replace your usual wiper fluid with a winter-grade kind.
Keep Your Tank Full
You never know when you’ll have an emergency on your hands, so don’t let your gas tank get too low in the colder months.
Check Your Tires
Cold temperatures cause tires to lose pressure faster. Plus, you should also make sure your treads are deep enough to brave slippery roads.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Emergencies happen, so make sure you have supplies like blankets, water, flashlights, and jumper cables on hand in case you end up stuck.
Follow these winter maintenance tips to get your car ready for hazardous weather conditions in the cold months!
It’s easy to keep your car washed during the warm, spring months. In fact, many drivers find themselves inspired to do the work on their own. However – it’s more important to clean your car more than ever during winter, when harmful salt build-up can cause serious problems.
While the preventative salt on the road surely does its job in helping to protect us from unwanted snow, it also can really damage your car. Salt build-up can destroy your vehicle’s finish, promote rust growth, and even damage components.
This is why it’s vital to wash your car in the winter, especially if you’re driving on salted, snowy roads. It’s safe to wash your car as frequently as every other week, if not more, to keep the salt damage to a minimum.
If you find yourself washing your car personally, be sure not to neglect the underside, where most of the salt can be found. And don’t forget that safer driving will equal less salt action!
Now that it’s really starting to get cold, it’s tempting to head outside a bit earlier than usual to “warm up” your car before it’s time to go.
But is this practice as necessary as many believe? Is it the fastest way to get your warm up your car? And is it safe?
Despite widely held belief, vehicles are designed with cold temperatures in mind and don’t need more than about 30 seconds to get ready. Driving your car will warm up the various components (like the oil and engine) faster than idling would.
Plus, idling your car not only wastes gasoline and precious money, but also, frequent, prolonged idling can be severely damaging to the engine and more, or lead to failure of the catalytic converter.
As the winter weather begins to pick up, it becomes more important than ever to make sure you have a well-stocked, seasonal emergency kit stowed away in your vehicle, just in case. To get you started, here is a list of winter emergency items to keep in your car:
A standard, pre-assembled first aid kit, which should include bandages and anti-biotic ointment
Fresh, clean water for hydration or to flush out any wounds
A blanket, as well as extra winter clothing, to stay warm
Healthy, non-perishable snacks, appropriate for all ages
An extra cell phone charger, cell phone battery – or maybe even an extra cell phone – in addition to a written list of phone numbers
A flash light with spare batteries
Any emergency medication that you or your frequent passengers could possibly need
And of course, the best way to prepare for winter roads is to drive a winter-ready vehicle. To check out what we have available, visit us anytime at Joe Holland Chevrolet.