The winter weather takes a toll on your skin, your mood, and even on your car. While you’re busy protecting and taking care of yourself, make sure that you are also doing the same for your car. With these winter care tips, you can ensure that you, and your vehicle, make it through the cold winter season ready to spring back when the flowers start blooming once more.
Time for a Tune-up
Before the cold weather officially comes in, be sure that you schedule a tune-up at your local auto body shop. A tune-up ensures that your vehicle is ready to handle the extra cold temperatures safely and efficiently so that you are never stranded or without your car. It is imperative that you have this tune up before the winter rolls around so that you are prepared.
Tires operate differently when there is ice and snow on the road. Making sure that your tires are inflated properly also adds stability when these slick weather elements are pasted to the road. You’ll also want to check the inflation on your tires on a regular basis.
Create an Emergency Kit
You should always have an emergency kit inside of your vehicle when it is cold outside. A winter survival kit should contain items such as a flashlight, a blanket, a charged cell phone, toothpaste and a toothbrush, tissues, a Gatorade or other drink, an energy bar and other items. You never know how long you’ll have to wait for help, and even in severe weather conditions, even a short amount of time can be devastating if you are not prepared for it. Be prepared!
There are many different fluids inside of your car. It is important that they are all topped off and at proper levels for the winter season. Make sure that you check the oil, the transmission fluid, the windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid and of course the brake fluid, and fill them as needed. You can do this on your own, but if you need help, an auto body shop is able to help you with this.
You can never prepare for winter too much. Make sure that you use the winter car care tips listed above to keep your vehicle operating in great condition all winter long. It’s only a few short months! You can do it!