If you live in the midwest you know that winters can be tough. Weather conditions can change in an instant, and even “normal” winter days can bring challenges to drivers. Prepare for the challenges of winter with our quick guide to winterizing your vehicle. By following these essential steps, you can ensure safe and smooth driving in cold weather. We’ve provided some tips to help you get your vehicle ready for the winter months. So grab a warm sweater, and let’s go!
Steps for Winterizing Your Vehicle
Inspect and Replace Worn Tires
Proper tire tread is crucial for traction on snow and ice-covered roads. Learn how to inspect your tires for wear and tear, and replace them if necessary to avoid potential dangers of driving with worn tires.
Check and Replace Fluids
Maintaining appropriate fluid levels in your vehicle is essential, especially in cold weather conditions. Make sure you’re checking essential fluids including oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. And make sure to get assistance if you need help replacing them.
Test and Replace Battery if Needed
Cold weather can be harsh on car batteries, so it’s important to test their charge and replace them if necessary. Dim lights, slow starting and corrosion on connectors can be signs of a battery that may need replaced.
Inspect and Replace Wiper Blades
In the winter wiper blades can be crucial for maintaining visibility during poor weather conditions. Inspect your wiper blades for wear and tear and replace them as necessary. Some outlets recommend changing your wipers every 6 months.
Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit
Being prepared for unexpected winter emergencies is essential for your safety. A winter safety kit is a great idea for keeping you and your passengers safe in the event of unexpected winter weather. Check out our guide on putting together your own Winter Emergency Kit.
Check and Maintain the Heating System
A functioning heating system is vital for comfort and safety in cold weather. Checking your heating system, cleaning or replacing filters, and troubleshooting common issues will help keep you warm during winter driving.
Ensure Proper Lighting and Visibility
Good visibility is essential for safe winter driving. Inspect and clean headlights, taillights, and mirrors, and replace any faulty bulbs to maintain optimal visibility.
Protect the Exterior and Interior
Protecting your car’s exterior and interior from winter elements is important. Swapping out fabric mats for all-weather mats will help keep your interiors intact. Checking your vehicle’s body for chips and scrapes can help keep the dangers of road salt and brine at bay.
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Adjusting your driving habits for winter conditions is crucial for your safety. Discover practical advice on safe driving techniques, including reducing speed, increasing following distance, and avoiding sudden maneuvers. For more information check out our tips for safe winter driving here.
Regular Maintenance and Professional Inspection
Regular maintenance and professional inspection ensure your car’s overall health. We understand that not everyone is a DIY’er in the garage. Make sure that if you have questions about your vehicle maintenance you seek out professional help.
Driving in winter can be challenging. But by preparing your vehicle for winter, you can take steps to keep yourself safe and sound all season. If you have questions about winterizing, or need repairs after a winter fender bender, get in touch! You can chat with us or get an online quote at eustisbodyshop.com. And with six locations across Central and Eastern Nebraska, we’ve got a shop near you. Stay safe this winter!