Gearing up for a cold winter? One of the most important measures you can take this year is to prepare your vehicle for hazardous road conditions ahead of time – and not after you’ve barely survived the year’s first freeze. Here are some winter car preparation tips to get you started:
Make sure that your vehicle is caught up on all routine maintenance, including oil changes and any inspections.
Top off all your fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid.
Inspect your tires thoroughly, ensuring that you have plenty of tread, and consider installing winter tires.
Test out your heating system, especially if you haven’t used it since last winter. You won’t want to discover that it’s broken once it’s too late!
Update any emergency gear you have in your car for the winter – perhaps adding a warm blanket, a snow shovel, and a cozy hat.
Lastly, purchase some deicer fluid and a top-notch ice scraper, and prevent a frosty, icy windshield from ever making you late for work this season.
And of course, pay close attention to the weather forecast, and if possible, avoid dangerous, icy roads as much as you can. To learn more, visit us at Nissan of Lake Charles.
With fall right around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider preparing your car for colder weather and regular upkeep. From basic service to important repairs, fall car maintenance is an important part of extending your car’s life.
According to Carecare.org, there are four things to keep in mind:
Battery—make sure the terminals are free of corrosion, and that the connections are all secure. Also, if you’ve had it for more than two years, consider buying a new one – cold weather can be especially harsh on your electrical system.
HVAC—that stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Clean vents with compressed air, clean air filters, and make sure your A/C system is charged. Check your wipers for wear as well.
Tires—check tread depth and pressure. Uneven wear, bald spots, and cracks mean you should consider buying new ones. When checking pressure, remember that cold weather decreases air pressure.
Brakes—having your brakes checked could save your life, especially with upcoming bad weather. Have your linings, rotors, pads, and drums looks at.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be better prepared for the fall. Let us know at Nissan of Lake Charles if you have any questions about fall car maintenance and we will be glad to assist you!
John Stelly is the owner of Nissan of Lake Charles and is active in the community with several not for profit organizations.