Heavy snow and freezing temperatures mean that it’s time to get your car ready to embrace winter.
Whether it’s your first time driving in the snow or you’re unsure of how to prep accordingly for the elements, your vehicle needs some extra TLC during the winter months. And even if you don’t live in a wintry climate, these five simple car care tips are useful for optimal automobile upkeep:
1. Have Tools on Hand
For peace of mind, keep an emergency kit somewhere in your car – filled with first aid supplies, an LED flashlight, car phone charger, Puffs tissues, hazard triangles, blankets and an ice scraper. Be sure to replenish your kit as necessary, including periodically replacing the batteries in your flashlight.
2. Get a Tuneup
Let the pros inspect your vehicle so they can spot potential problems before they become dangerous or expensive, like checking brakes and the battery. They’ll also top off necessary vehicle fluids and make sure the air filter is in good shape for the winter.
3. Check Tire Condition
If you live in an area prone to heavy snow or icy roads, it’s a good idea to swap your tires with versions made to handle winter weather. If you don’t want snow tires, make sure to check the pressure and tread wear on your current tires.
Tip: To keep those hubcaps looking clean all season long, try using Dawn Dish Soap with a wet sponge to clean off dirt and grime. Or grab a Mr. Clean Extra Durable Magic Eraser to clean aluminum rims like a pro!
4. Control Winter Mess
Keep plastic bags in your car to store wet or muddy items, and then toss them in the laundry when you get home. Also, storing a roll of Bounty paper towels in a seat pocket will allow for easy access when inevitable dust, dirt and spills occur.
Tip: In case you leave those dirty items in the car a bit too long, attach a Febreze Car Vent Clip to instantly add a note of freshness to your ride.
5. Check Wiper Blades
Ice and snow wear down wiper blades and can make them ineffective when you need them the most. Replace the blades as soon as you see signs of wear and tear. A good set of wiper blades should last about a year, but less in particularly rainy, snowy or icy climates. And be sure to refill your washer fluid, if necessary.
How do you maintain your car in the wintertime? Let us know your tips in the comments below!