With the winter months approaching quickly, in the midwest, it is important to make sure that your car’s maintenance is up to date and ready for all the weather conditions that may come your way. Keeping these tips in mind can prevent you from having car issues that could have been prevented by being proactive in preparing your automobile for the winter season. 

  1. The first thing to keep in mind when preparing your automobile for winter is to check the status of your car’s battery. When the temperature is extremely low, and the weather conditions are less than favorable, the last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road because of a dead battery. One way to be proactive is to take your car to a car shop so that you can get it professionally tested to see how it is performing. The experts there can give you advice for what measures need to be taken before winter comes in full swing. You may need a battery replacement or just a charge. 
  1. A less common maintenance item that may be looked over are windshield wipers. It is estimated that even the best performing windshield wipers lose their effectiveness within 6 months. Windshield wipers are key components in ensuring that your windshield is clear and free of any snow or rain. While it can be easy to forget to make sure these are in optimal condition, windshield wipers are very important in every season, but especially important during the winter months.
  1. Be sure that the oil in your car is not low. When the weather starts to get cold, the oil in your car will become thicker making it harder on your engine to heat up. It may be a good idea to have your oil changed and a filter put in this winter. While your car is in the shop, ask for the radiator fluid, pumps, and heater hoses checked to make sure there are no cracks or leaks. 
  1. Last, but certainly not least, check the conditions of your tires. You want to be sure that the traction of your tires are in optimal condition since the roads will most likely be in less than optimal conditions. Your own personal safety can be at risk without the correct tires. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, all-purpose tires are a good option. However, if you live in an area where snow and ice are ever-present, it would be wise to consider getting snow tires. Now, if your tires are in good condition, be sure to keep an eye on the pressure. With cooler temperatures, your tire pressure will decrease and most likely fluctuate depending on the outdoor temperature.

Ensuring that you keep these tips in mind will ease your mind driving this winter. First Auto Color carries a variety of your automotive needs. Stop by today to pick up your winter essentials. With over 30 years of experience, our team of experts are here to help you!