How do I Winterize my Vehicle?

Election Day is finally upon us, along with the first flurries of the season at our office locations.  The snow falling outside my office window this morning was a good reminder that not only do I need to move to a warmer climate, but I also need to get my car ready for winter.  Here are some tips for preparing your vehicle for winter.

Talk to your mechanic about winterizing your vehicle.  Make sure your vehicle’s fluids are at the proper levels, get an oil change if necessary, and ask your mechanic about any other adjustments that may need to be made.  

Check your wipers to make sure they are in tip-top condition.  I had a bad wiper a few months ago, and not only was it annoying to use because it would skip when I had my wipers running, but it also did not clear my windshield well enough.  Thankfully I got it changed and my wipers are working better than ever, which is especially important on snowy days like today.

Don’t let your tires get tired out.  Sorry for the lame joke, but having properly-inflated tires is especially important in the winter.  Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see the correction inflation level for your tires.  Also check your tires to make sure they have proper traction and aren’t worn down.  Nothing’s worse than driving on a snowy, icy road with bald tires.  

Always remember to drive more slowly and carefully if you are nervous about driving in the snow.  Keep safe distances between you and other vehicles especially when conditions are snowy or icy.

What do you do to get your vehicle ready for winter?  Share your tips with us and stay warm out there!


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