How Do I take Care of My Car in the Winter?

Winterization Tips for Your Vehicle

The cold is seting in and soon snow will start falling. Now's the time to prep your car, truck, or SUV for the harsh winter months. As drivers here in the Midwest, we know the winter weather can be hard on our vehicles. With slippery roads, long travel times, and sudden freezes, it's important to ensure that your car can handle these seasonal changes and keep you safe on the road. We will be discussing some essential vehicle maintenance teips that will help you avoid a costly breakdown during the colder, and harsher winter months.

Best Practices

Check Your Battery:

Cold weather can make your car's battery weak and might make it die. Before winter comes to full force, you should have a mechanic check your battery to make sure it's strong and working well. If it's old or not in good shape, getting a new one is best.

Make Sure Your Tires are in Check

Cold temperatures can cause the air inside your tires to contract, leading to lower tire pressure. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread depth is adequate so you have enough traction in the snow and ice. A simple "penny test" can help you figure out if it's time for new tires. Take a penny with Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, you should consider replacing your tires.

Get an Oil Change

The cold makes your engine work harder. Cold temperatures can cause your oil to thicken, making it harder for the engine to get lubricated, thus putting additional strain on the vehicle's engine. If you are due for an oil change, do it sooner rather than later.

Windshield Wiper Check

Snow and ice can make it hard to see out of your windshield. Make sure you have good windshield wipers and clean them regularly to enable you to see better while driving during inclimate weather.

Be Prepared

Make sure your car is ready for a winter breakdown. Have an emergency kit, a shovel, extra windshield wiper fluid, som non-perishable snacks, warm clothes, and extra blankets in your car. Make sure you are familiar with your tire jack and spare tire just in case you get a flat tire during the cold winter months.


Mad Hatter Auto Repair - Local Vehicle Winterization Experts

Taking care of your car this winter is important to make sure nothing unexpected happens when you're driving in cold and snowy weather. Feel free to reach out to either of our locations if you need service and drive with confidence this winter! In Omaha call 402-330-2286 and in Council Bluffs call 712-322-7500.

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