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Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter

Posted on January 18, 2016.

When the harsh winter weather hits, it is important to make sure that you properly prepare your vehicle for the season. There are many easy things that you can do to keep your vehicle working in tip-top shape during the cold winter months. The following guide walks you through a few handy tips to help you properly prepare your vehicle for winter.

Replace Your Wipers

You need to be able to see clearly at all times when you are driving. Having new windshield wipers on your vehicle will ensure that you can properly clear your windshield of any snow, ice, hail, etc.  Old wipers will not clear the windshield effectively and could prevent you from driving until you get new ones.

Have Your Antifreeze Flushed

Before winter hits, you need to have your antifreeze flushed. Antifreeze prevents the engine from freezing during the coldest of winter months. If you do not have enough antifreeze in your engine block, it could freeze and crack which will require costly repairs.

Check Your Tires

If your tires are bald, you need to replace them before driving on winter roads. The roads can be quite slippery and bald tires will not be able to grip the road properly or in some cases, at all. If you do not need to replace your tires, then be sure to check the tire pressure before heading out because the pressure in tires can drop dramatically when the cold weather hits.

These quick and easy tips will ensure that you are properly prepared for anything that Mother Nature brings this winter. Create a survival kit to keep in your vehicle just in case you get stuck or break down too. Kitty litter is great to put in front of a tire stuck in the snow and snacks, blankets, and a battery powered radio are also essentials.