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Shifting Gears: Getting Your Vehicle Ready for the Upcoming Cold Weather Season

Now that winter is almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to start getting your car in shape for the colder winter months ahead! From damage that might occur out on the road to the harsh winter elements, it’s high time that you get your car ready. Keep reading to learn more about how to shift gears just in time to get your vehicle prepared for the upcoming cold weather season. 

You can’t prepare for everything that might happen while out on the road, but there are some simple things that you can do to mitigate any damage that might occur. Before you do anything else, you should make sure to give your car a complete once-over. You should perform all your normal car maintenance, including getting an oil change, tire rotation, and tire balancing. Your auto mechanic can perform these inspections, but you can give your tires a once-over for out-of-norm damage and wear too! Check the tire tread and make sure your tires aren’t going bald, wearing unevenly, or if there are cracks, nicks, or gouges on your tire walls. You should also check your tire pressure weekly, to ensure that you don’t have premature wear or lose traction on ice or wet roads. 

Depending on where you plan on driving and if it snows in the locations you’ll be going through, you may also want to swap out your regular tires for winter tires. Snow or no snow, if it regularly gets below 45 degrees fahrenheit, then winter tires are what is recommended. You’ll have superior traction and stopping power, as well as more control over your turns. If you encounter that type of terrain occasionally, then snow chains might be the better option. You can easily learn to put them  on and take them off, and you can carry them in your trunk when you need them. 

In addition, you should think about giving your car a nice fresh coat of wax to help create a barrier against your car’s paint job and any road salt, snow, hail, and general road grime that might splatter onto it over time. A good wax job will help to protect your paint, and make cleaning up later so much easier! 

You should also give the rest of your car - inside and out - a thorough cleaning. It’s easier to keep a clean car clean, since you won’t want to mess up all your hard work. It’s also a good idea to check all your lights and bulbs, as well as your antifreeze and windshield washer fluid levels, along with the rest of your main fluids. In addition, give your windshield wipers a thorough look-over. If you seen cracking, brittleness, or broken rubber, it’s time to invest in some new wiper blades. They should also be changed out every six months to a year to ensure you have top visibility. 

We hope that these simple tips and tricks to getting your car in shape for the winter season will help you now and later on down the road. For any of your auto repair or preventive maintenance needs, Cartec Automotive Services is here to help! To take advantage of our complimentary complete maintenance and safety check, schedule an appointment with Cartec Automotive Services. You’ll be glad you did!