Winter Maintenance Tips

December 3rd, 2021 by

In addition to making roads tougher to travel on and navigate through, the cold weather of the winter can place additional stress on vehicles and their many components. Therefore, it is important for drivers to properly maintain their vehicles and prepare the vehicles for the cold climate of the winter. There are many maintenance routines that drivers can follow as they prepare for the winter, but there are several key things that you should prepare as you get your vehicle ready for the winter.

 

Inspect Your Vehicle’s Battery

Car batteries are developed using a variety of chemicals and materials. The materials that are used to make car batteries, such as the sulfuric acid of the batteries’ cells, are sensitive to the temperature and can wear out quicker when the temperature drops. Therefore, you should inspect your vehicle’s battery to make sure that it is ready for the winter.

 

During a battery inspection, you should check the overall condition of your vehicle’s battery to make sure that it is not damaged and that its fluids aren’t leaking. You should also check the charge of the battery to make sure that the battery is providing enough power to your vehicle. Car batteries tend to last between two and three years, so consider replacing your vehicle’s battery if it is getting old. At Boyle Buick GMC, we can inspect your vehicle’s battery for you and make sure that it is ready for the winter.

 

Switch to Winter Tires

If you live in an area where it snows or where there is usually ice on the roads during the winter, then you should switch your vehicle’s tires to a set of winter tires. Winter tires are designed to provide excellent traction in snow and ice, making sure that vehicles are able to properly remain on the road under tough weather conditions. The tread design and materials of winter tires allow them to perform optimally during the winter. Winter tires, however, are not designed to be used throughout the entire year, so you can switch to a set of winter tires when the weather drops.

 

Check the Air Pressures of Your Vehicle’s Tires

Cold weather allows tires to deflate more rapidly. Therefore, you will need to check the air pressure of your vehicle’s tires more frequently during the winter months to promote their longevity. Having the proper amount of air in your vehicle’s tires will allow them to provide the best traction for your vehicle while also preventing them from wearing down prematurely.

 

Inspect the Vehicle’s HVAC System

The components that provide heating in your vehicle are all part of the vehicle’s HVAC system. This includes features like heated steering wheels and heated seats. As you prepare your vehicle for the winter, you should make sure that the vehicle’s HVAC system is in good condition and that nothing is leaking in the system.

 

Prepare a Roadside Emergency Kit

It is always important for you to have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle, but you should especially make sure that you have one available in your vehicle during the winter. The cold weather of the winter can cause problems and issues across a range of areas, including cell phone towers and routes of travel. Therefore, there are a variety of items that you should have readily accessible to you in case of an emergency.

 

Your roadside emergency kit can include whatever items you believe that you will need during an emergency, but at the very least you should have a flashlight and jumper cables in your roadside emergency kit. If possible, place extra non-perishable food and water in your roadside emergency kit so that you can stay full and hydrated if you need to wait during an emergency. Place an extra set of clothing in your roadside emergency kit as well.

 

Preparing your vehicle for the winter will allow you to have a dependable mode of transportation during the cold months of the winter. Additionally, your vehicle will be more dependable for a longer amount of time when you maintain it properly. Visit us at Boyle Buick GMC so that we can provide you with additional winter maintenance tips or help you with your vehicle maintenance routine. We offer products and services at our dealership that you can depend on to keep your vehicle running properly.

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