5 Tips to Prepare your Car for the Winter

Toyota Winter Driving Vehicles

Once the winter season arrives, many people spend time on the road traveling during the holidays and on trips. There's often an increased risk of accidents due to harsh weather conditions and slippery roads. If you want to prepare your car for the winter season, there are a few main tips that you'll need to follow to stay safe and protect your vehicle from damage.

  1. Check Your Tire Pressure
    The condition of your tires will determine your fuel-efficiency on the road and how safe you are when traveling in wet areas. Make it a point to check your tire pressure and refer to your owner's manual to determine how much the tires need to be inflated. You can also resort to using snow tires to improve your traction on the road due to the grids that are present. You may also consider using snow tires that have studs in them to reduce the risk of slippage.

  2. Change Your Wiper Blades
    Your wiper blades need to be replaced once each year to ensure that they're durable enough to improve the visibility of the windshield. If you live in a climate that has harsher weather conditions, consider purchasing winter-ready wiper blades that are more sturdy and durable. You also need to have an ice scraper in your vehicle at all times to ensure that you can scrape away ice that forms onto the glass and see clearly. Check to make sure that your defroster also works well to prevent the glass from becoming fogged while driving.

  3. Wash and Wax the Exterior
    Washing your car each week is necessary to ensure that all salt and dirt from the road is removed and doesn't damage the paint on the car. Clean behind the wheels and under the car to prevent rust or corrosion from forming due to the moisture that is present in the air and on the road. You can also resort to using a car cover or parking it in a sheltered area when the vehicle isn't in use. Waxing the car every few months can also work as a barrier to protect the vehicle and will maintain its appeal.

  4. Pack an Emergency Kit
    You'll want to pack an emergency kit to have in the car to ensure that you don't become stranded while traveling on the road. You'll need to prepare for different scenarios by packing a flashlight, flares, a blanket, an extra pair of clothes, food, water, a charged cell phone, a first aid kit, an ice scraper, and jumper cables. It's also necessary to pack a spare tire in the back of the vehicle, which should be in good condition and have a high level of traction. Packing kitty litter or gravel can also be useful if you get stuck in the mud.

  5. Check the Four-Wheel-Drive
    Using four-wheel-drive is necessary to have more traction and reduce the risk of skidding out while driving on different types of terrain. Functioning all-wheel-drive will improve your traction in the rain or snow. Check your owner's manual to learn when it should be engaged. You can also test it out or have it inspected by a professional to determine if it's working correctly before the winter months arrive.

If you want to learn more information about how to prep your car for the winter season, contact or visit our dealership today to speak to an expert. We can assist you in browsing our extensive inventory of vehicles and can also explain our different financing options that are available.

Categories: Weather, Safety