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Prepare Your Car for Winter

Posted 2023-01-04
Now that winter is here, we can all have a small break from lawn maintenance.  Our cars, though, will face the toughest time of year, so here are some good winter car tips:

Tips to winterize your car:
  • Test your battery; battery power drops as the temperature drops
  • Make sure the cooling system is in good working order
  • Check the tire pressure; tire pressure drops as the temperature drops
  • Check your wiper blades and replace if needed
  • Turn your wiper blades up before the storm, so they do not get frozen against the window.
  • Add wiper fluid rated for -30 degrees
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze
  • Clean your car’s external camera lenses and side mirrors
  • Remove dirt, ice and snow from sensors to allow the assistive-driving features, like automatic emergency braking, to work
  • In frigid weather, you may want to warm up the car before you drive
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, never leave a vehicle running in your garage – even with the garage door up
  • If the forecast looks iffy, wait out the storm; if you must travel, share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave
Remember to keep your car’s emergency preparedness kit fully stocked, too!

Stay safe and warm this winter season!