You May Be Ready for Winter, But Is Your Car?

Car detailing is the key to getting your vehicle ready for the change in seasons.Whether you love it or just grin and bear it, winter comes every year.

We can’t avoid it.  Since we know it’s coming, we can get ready for the cold weather, the snow, and the ice, but as you get out your winter gear so you stay protected, have you thought about your car? Yes, it needs protection too.

Let’s Talk Tires

Tires may not be the first thing you think of when it’s time for car detailing, but they are extremely important for winter driving. If you haven’t done it yet, get your winter tires and make the switch so you have the stopping power and traction you need to stay in control when driving on snow-covered roads.

Battery Power Check

When the temperatures drop, your vehicle may need some extra power to get started. In combustion vehicles, we often don’t give the battery much thought, but they only last for a certain number of years, and when they get old, they get weaker. A weaker battery combined with cold temperatures that can also affect its performance equals the chance that you’re left with a car that won’t start. Have the battery checked to make sure it’s ready for winter.

Wipers and Wiper System Check

Your winter car detailing routine should include a windshield wiper inspection and a fluid change. Admit it, we’ve all been there. You go to wash the windshield after the salty spray has dried on the window, and nothing. You’re either empty, or it’s frozen. Before winter hits, change your windshield wiper fluid for a winter formula that will stay liquid even if the temp drops below freezing. You can also change to a winter wiper. These are designed to clear snow much better than a summer wiper.

Yes, You Should Get That Oil Change

Are you due for an oil change? Just get it done. When you bring it in, you can have the technician check to make sure you not only have clean oil, but an oil with the right viscosity for winter. Old oil makes your engine have to work harder and if you add cold temperatures to the mix, which slow down the oil flow, your engine will have to work even harder. This means lower fuel efficiency.

Pack Up Your Winter Gear

Winterizing your car is about more than just the mechanical stuff and the car detailing. Don’t forget about all the extra gear you should have with you. Grab that snow brush out of its summer storage spot in the garage, put it in your trunk, and pack up a roadside emergency kit. If you already have one, check it to make sure the flashlight still works, the first aid kit is still fully stocked, and it has some basic tools that may come in handy if you run into any issues on the road.

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