A little preparation makes the cold season easier to bear for you…and your car!
Changes in the season don’t just affect you – they also affect your car. You wouldn’t head out into a Pittsburgh winter without a coat and gloves – don’t expect your car to function properly without some attention to its winter needs, too.
These tips can help prepare your car:
Stock an Emergency Kit. You should never drive in extreme and dangerous conditions (like blizzards or subzero temperatures) without an emergency kit in your car. Include items like a blanket or sleep bag, candles and matches, a first aid kit, flares, food items, jumper cables, and water bottles.
Replace Wiper Blades. Wiper blades need to be replaced more frequently than you might think. Most blades start to lose effectiveness in as little as six months. New wiper blades will ensure you are prepared for winter flurries.
Maintain the Battery. The car battery takes a beating when the temperatures drop. To check a conventional battery, remove the plastic caps on the top and check the fluid level. If the fluid is low, add distilled water. On maintenance-free batteries, check that the window at the top of the battery indicates a fully charged state. If it’s more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, replace the battery with a top-rated model.
Consider Snow Tires. Driving in snow can be very difficult and sometimes dangerous; still, the reality is you need to get to work. Mounting the right tires on your car or truck can give you a huge advantage. Many car makers and tire manufacturers recommend changing all four tires to snow tires in the winter.
Get a Windshield Treatment. An easily overlooked area of your car is your windshield. If you have ever driven behind another vehicle kicking up wet, dirty road snow, then you already have a true appreciation for windshield washer fluid. For best results, select a washer fluid with an antifreeze solution.
Taking the time to prepare before the cold temperatures roll in can save you a lot of time (and aggravation) this winter.
Dean Honda Can Help!
Test drive a new Honda Accord at Dean Honda now through October 31st and receive a complimentary service package from Dean Honda. The package includes an oil change, tire rotation, car wash, and multi-point inspection.
Limit one per household. Offer valid only at Dean Honda. Offer may be redeemed between November 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017.