Tips to Prepare your Vehicle for Winter

Taking your vehicle for a winter service is the best way to start preparing your vehicle for winter. Servicing your vehicle will fix minor vehicle problems before they escalate. Major issues can become dangerous, especially during the frigid months.

You can also do the following to keep your vehicle effective throughout the season:

Check Your Owner Manual
Check the service schedule for the season. A winter vehicle service usually encompasses the following:

  • Performance of your batteries
  • Windshield 
  • Windshield wipers
  • Engine
  • Tires
  • Coolers and defrosters
  • Lights
  • Brakes
If any replacement is desirable, have it done immediately. This will help in the long run to save yourself from spending more if more critical issues occur.

Consider Purchasing Winter Tires
A good set of winter tires is your best defense against winter. Winter tires provide solid traction. Especially when driving through slush; the tires maintain better braking distance. This enables more control over turns and corners.

Check Your Floor Mats
As minor an aspect floor mats may seem, they are important and sometimes even lifesavers. Especially during the winter! Thinner floor mats with deeper pockets provide better floor protection against cooler temperatures.

Avoid using floor mats that are too thick. Do not place floor mats one above the other to protect your vehicle interiors during winter. This practice has the real risk of jamming your vehicle accelerator.

Clean floor mats often and hang them out to dry to prevent the accumulation of moisture. Left ignored, it can lead to the formation of hard frost on window glasses and windshields.

Keep Vehicle Doors and Latches Lubricated
Lubricate door and window seals, latches, door locks, and hinges. This prevents them from getting frozen and stuck. Lubricants with silicone work well for rubber and mechanical components.

Go for lubricants in long-nozzle containers. It is easier to spray the lubricant into interior components. Include vehicle hoods as well.

Keep a Winter Kit
Have a winter box ready for emergencies.
  • First-aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Bright flashlights
  • Ice scraper
  • Work gloves
  • Snow shovel 

Visit us at Sansone Jr’s EZ Auto in Keyport today for more information!