HOW TO GET YOUR CAR WINTER READY

Winter still may seem far away, but it is never too early to start preparing your car for the cold weather and ice. To make sure your vehicle is ready for winter, you need to make sure you catch up with regular maintenance and take care of a few other crucial checks.

CONSIDER WINTER TIRES

Depending on where in New England you live and the type of weather you expect to deal with, you should strongly consider swapping out your all-weather tires for winter ones. Winter tires tend to use a rubber compound that is softer as well as better at gripping icy or cold pavement. Anytime the temperature goes below 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit, winter tires will do a better job at maintaining traction.

CHECK YOUR BATTERY

You always want your car’s battery to be in working order, but this becomes particularly important during the winter. Winters can be extremely tough on this component so be sure to have it tested before the temperatures drop. The last thing you want is to get stranded in the middle of nowhere in the height of winter. In addition to having a service technician make sure your battery is still functional, they will confirm that the cables are firmly attached and no corrosion is present.

CHANGE YOUR WIPER BLADES

Depending on when you last swapped out your windshield wiper blades, be sure to do this before winter sets in as well. You should ideally be changing them about twice a year and right before winter is the perfect time to do so. Damaged blades won’t be able to keep snow off your windshield, hurting your visibility and putting you at risk.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR VEHICLE’S FLUIDS

There are a few key fluids in your vehicle and you should check all of these before winter. Consider swapping out your normal windshield washer fluid with a winter-specific one as it will not freeze. These winter formulas are also designed to better eliminate road salt and other winter-exclusive grime. You should also confirm that your coolant is at the right level and in good shape and do the same for your oil.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT

Realistically, there should be an emergency kit in your car all year long. This should always have some basic first aid equipment, energy-packed snacks, a bottle of water, flares, jumper cables, and similar items. In the winter, be sure to add a blanket, matches and candles, and a shovel.

For help getting your car winter ready, bring it to any of our 31 locations and get a tune-up. We can also show you any winter accessories you would like.

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