How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving
Now that summer is coming to a close, there is no better time to start preparing your vehicle for the impending winter months. Here at Matt Ford our service team has already begun to assist residents in the Kansas City area with getting their vehicles set for the cold, snow and ice, and if you are wondering how to prepare your car for winter driving, we have all that you need to know to make sure that your car is able to stay on the road and out of the ditch.
The winter months are hard on your car. Extreme cold mixed with salt and other corrosive materials that fill the roads can do a lot of damage, so it’s important to make sure that you are prepared. There are many different areas that you should check before hitting the road this winter, and while most of the issues that you come across can be handled on your own, keep in mind that we can also help to get your vehicle set.
One area of the vehicle that is often overlooked is the wipers. During the summer, the extreme heat can really do a number on your windshield wipers. For that reason, fall is the perfect time to replace them. It helps to ensure that you have optimal visibility during even the most brutal of snow storms. Your wipers should be changed every six to 12 months, so if they have been wiping down your windshield longer than that, be sure to give them a proper inspection and consider having them replaced.
The battery is another important factor, and as you can test the charge of it yourself, it’s another quick and easy step involved with preparing your car for winter driving. Cold weather restricts the capabilities of the battery and all it takes is one freezing cold day for the battery to quit on you. Ensuring that the charge is at the proper level is key to reducing the chances of battery failure. You can purchase a charge tester at any local auto parts store, and believe us when we say the price for the tester is more than worth the money.
These are just two different areas that you should check before the snow comes and rains on your parade. If you really want to ensure that your vehicle is running at peak winter performance, be sure to schedule a service appointment here at Matt Ford. We go above and beyond to get your car in shape for the inevitable colder months. Whether you need your tires rotated or replaced completely, we have you covered. As we said, we can help you to face those snow covered roads with confidence this year.
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