How to Prep your Car 5 Ways for the Winter

Toyota Winter Driving Vehicles

Once the winter season arrives, you'll need to consider preparing your vehicle to ensure that it's safe to use in the harsh weather conditions. Whether you're traveling during the holidays or are commuting to work, you can reduce the risk of a collision with a bit of prep work. Before winter arrives, there are a few ways that you can prep your vehicle for the stormy weather ahead.

  1. Inspect or Replace Your Tires
    The quality of your tires will determine how much your car stays glued to the road. Use a tire gauge to check the tire pressure every month to ensure that it's specific to the automaker's recommendations for the specific make and model that you own. If you live in an area where it snows each winter, consider replacing your standard tires with snow tires to improve your traction on different types of terrain. Some snow tires even come with studs and are ideal to use if you plan to drive off the beaten path. All-season tires are also ideal to use in each season, which makes it easy to continue using them once the spring season arrives.

  2. Inspect Your Battery
    Performing a thorough inspection of your battery is necessary because its capacity can be affected by the low temperatures outdoors. Check the battery charge with the use of a handheld hydrometer when the car is turned off.

    Check out the cables, fluid, and terminals during the inspection to ensure that corrosion isn't present, which should be scraped off. There shouldn't be any loose connections or gaps where the terminals are in place. You'll also need to look for cracks or breaks that are present. If the battery fluid is too low, you can add extra distilled water to top it off.


  3. Protect the Paint
    Make it a point to wash your car each week to extend the life of your paint and prevent it from looking dull. Wash the car with the use of a microfiber cloth that is soft and won't damage the exterior. Waxing the vehicle is also an important step to take that will protect the paint by allowing liquids to roll off of the body.

  4. Treat the Windows
    Your windows also need attention to improve visibility when ice forms on the outside. Avoid using hot water to dissolve the ice, which will cause the glass to expand and can lead to cracks. If you want to remove the ice, use a mixture of one part water to three parts vinegar before it gets too cold outside. Less ice will form if the vinegar mixture is applied to the windows in advance. A hand scraper will prove to be useful to remove the rest of the snow.

  5. Pack an Emergency Kit
    An emergency kit is one of the most essential items to have on hand during the winter season. The kit should contain a tire pressure gauge, a first aid kit, water, blankets, a flashlight, a phone charger, jumper cables, a tire inflator, and a tire patch kit. You'll also need to have flares and a charged cell phone on hand to ask for help if you're in a deserted area.

If you want to learn more ways to prep your car for the winter season, contact us or visit our dealership today to speak to one of our team members. We invite you to browse our extensive inventory of vehicles and also learn about our financing options that are available at our location.

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