Prepare Your Car for the Winter!

Should I Service My Car before Winter?

In short? Yes, you should service your car before the winter hits. Servicing your vehicle will prepare it for the cold and slick conditions of winter. Some recommend that you should go to the service center at the first signs of your breath this winter. So, what should you do?

Get An Oil Change!

One of the first places to start to prepare your car for the winter is to get an oil change. Oil travels slower in cold conditions and requires more time to lubricate your engine. This is especially true if that oil is old. Sludgy oil not only dirties your engine and reduces the oil’s viscosity, but can harm your engine. So, be sure to change your oil!

Buy Winter Tires

Some folks don’t want to buy winter tires because they are expensive and you need to store them. This is true. Winter tires are not cheap and you will need to find a place to store them but they can actually save you money in the long run.

Summer or all-season tires are not conditioned to perform well in winter conditions. They have less traction and they will wear out sooner if they are used in the winter. This is a safety concern if you are unable to stop properly or can’t make it up a hill. So, do yourself and those around you a favor and side with a pair of winter tires.

Check Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

When you’re driving around in the winter, there is usually snow flying around and getting on your windshield. This snow can be dirty and you will need to be sure that your wiper fluid is filled so you can clean your windshield. This advice may seem trivial but can mean all the difference when you’re speeding down the highway with a dirty windshield.

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