Winter is right around the corner and it won’t be long before the Lake Effect snow has us all sliding around on the roads. Avoid any potential slipping and sliding by taking the steps below to get your vehicle ready for the winter. Being proactive and following these simple steps now could save you from an accident later.
Here are 4 simple steps to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter:
- Get new tires… the last thing you want when ice is on the road is bald tires. The tread on your tires provides grip and helps get you through snow. Bald tires pose a driving risk for you, your passengers, and others on the road.
- New windshield wipers… snow, ice, and rain are guaranteed in winter. If you have bad wipers your visibility is at risk. TIP: add a windshield washer fluid that is also a de-icer to help with those cold mornings.
- Inspect your lights… winter means less daylight, so be prepared for more night driving by ensuring your lights are all working.
- Get a tune-up… by changing your oil you are helping your engine run smoother, even in the cold weather. Don’t forget to change your air filter. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline. Lastly, getting your brakes checked will help when you need them.
Not a fan of the cold weather? Then here are a few products that will help you get through the cold.
- Remote Start… this great product will let you start your car from anywhere. Your car can warm up without you going out into the cold to do it yourself. When you get in, it is already warm! However, it is also great for allowing your vehicle time to reach a proper operating temp. When your engine is cold your oil is like molasses and flows through the engine very slow. Allowing it time to warm up is essential to efficiency and longevity.
- Heated Seats… sitting on a leather seat in the winter can feel like sitting on an ice cube. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Have your vehicle equipped with heated seats for you and a passenger so you can ride in comfort on your trip.
Have a crack in your windshield? You may not be aware of the amount of condensation and fog that builds up during the winter. This creates a driving hazard that could lead to an accident. The best option is to have it replaced. Contact the team at Defender Auto Glass and get it repaired before the wet and cold days of winter settle in.
We hope these tips can save you from an accident this winter. If you are involved in an accident, check out our innovative Mobile Estimate Tool to send us an estimate request from anywhere a fender bender may happen. If It Happens, We Can Fix It.