Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle

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You can do a lot of things to protect you and your vehicle during the harsh Ohio winter months. Besides the obvious, like putting winter tires and wipers on, there are a few most people might not think of. At Bud's DCJR in Celina, Ohio, we care about your vehicle as well as your safety. This is why we wanted to provide you with a list of the most important things you can do for your car before heading into the winter months. Continue reading to learn more!

Personal Winter Safety

For your own safety, the most important thing to consider when preparing your vehicle for winter is the worst-case scenario of getting stranded in a snowstorm. This is why we recommend packing yourself a winter safety kit. Some common items in these kits include a flashlight, jumper cables, a first aid kit, compact shovel, road flares, extra food, and water. Some other items to consider include a bag of sand, car tools, extra winter clothes, and an extra bottle of antifreeze.

Vehicle Winter Safety

Cars are designed to be durable even in harsh climates, but, let's face it, no vehicle is invincible. Staying up to date with all your vehicle's preventative maintenance is one way to increase its ability to handle the long, cold winter. First and foremost, it's essential to check your car's starting and charging system. This includes the battery, starter, and alternator. Have these components tested before the cold weather hits to make sure your car will start even in record-breaking low temperatures. Also very important to your vehicle's health in cold weather is engine components such as the spark plugs, wires, belts, and hoses. Failure of these can cause severe damage to your car and leave you stranded in the cold. Having your brakes checked can significantly increase your winter safety. While cold weather doesn't necessarily harm your brakes, having good brakes will ensure adequate stopping power even on less than ideal road conditions.

Other Winter Safety Tips

Maintaining at least half a tank of gas will also significantly help ensure your winter safety. If you ever get stranded, the engine will help keep you warm until help arrives. Other than your personal safety, the gas in a tank reduces condensation throughout the fuel system. This will prevent freeze-ups in the gas lines. Making sure your front and rear defrosters will aid in your visibility and winter safety. It is also important to make sure you're knowledgeable about winter driving preparedness. Knowing things like running your car just long enough to warm up, then turning it off if you're stranded will keep you safer than if you run it for long periods of time. Also, brushing up on your winter driving skills like what to do if you start sliding or the distance it takes to stop your vehicle on slippery roads will dramatically reduce any risk winter driving presents.

Winterizing Your Vehicle at Bud's DCJR

Winter is right around the corner. At Bud's DCJR, we want you and your vehicle to be safe throughout the entirety of Ohio's harsh winter. Our expert technicians are standing by to get your vehicle in prime condition to handle whatever the upcoming season may bring. We also have a full tire center with a wide variety of severe snow rated tires to help you maintain grip wherever you go.

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