Smart Tips on Preparing Your Car for Winter Driving

November 4th, 2015 by

2015 Journey preparing your car for winter

Preparing your car for winter is crucial to remain safe on the road, especially if you live in areas such as Maple Creek and Brooks. Your vehicle will be placed under extra strain, since conditions can become treacherous. That’s why you need to make sure that it is ready to handle the winter months.

Install Winter Tires

Summer and all-season tires become too brittle to provide dependable traction when the temperatures start to drop, so they aren’t up to winter driving. Specific winter tires are what you need; they’re made from a softer compound that won’t become brittle, and they have a deeper tread that will ensure superior performance when driving over snowy, icy, or wet roads.

Check Vital Fluids

Make sure that the coolant is checked and that the windshield washer system is filled up with freeze resistant washer fluid. Both tasks can be quickly accomplished by a professional. You may also want to change the motor oil. Thicker oils are great for summer, but lighter oils are better for winter. Just remember to check your owner’s manual for recommended oil weights.

Have the Battery Inspected

Heat can have a negative impact on your battery, but colder conditions can be just as brutal and getting stuck with a dead battery is never ideal. The cold can place additional strain on a car’s battery, so make sure you have it checked and tested, especially if it hasn’t been changed in the last 4-5 years.

Change Your Wiper Blades

You might think that their lack of summer use means that your wiper blades don’t need to be changed for the winter. Unfortunately, the heat of summer can cause drying and cracking, leaving your blades unable to properly clear the snow, rain, and sleet. Wiper blades are inexpensive, so make sure you have yours replaced.

Jackson Dodge Can Help Make Your Vehicle Winter-Ready

When it comes to preparing your car for winter, the experienced technicians at Jackson Dodge can check and change your vehicle’s fluids, provide and install winter tires, inspect your battery, and ensure that you’re completely ready for cold weather driving. For further information, just contact one of our team members today.

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