Preparing you vehicle for winter

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Preparing you vehicle for winter

Vehicles require special attention during the winter months. It is critical that you prepare your vehicle before the colder months arrive.

Tire Pressure:

Lower air temperatures can cause lower tire pressure. Checking your tire pressure every week is recommended year round, but doing so in the winter is much more important. Traction and the way your vehicle handles are affected by your tire inflation. Proper tire pressure also reduces the risk of a tire blowout. If your TPM light is on when you turn on your car, and as your car warms up, it turns off, then your tires are not properly inflated. Having the proper tire inflation will save you money by giving you better fuel economy and longer tread life.

Tire Replacement:

While it is recommended that you replace your tires in sets of four, if you only replaced them in sets of two, make sure the newer pair is placed on the rear.


When it is cold outside your battery cannot provide as much energy. With less daylight in the winter, you use more of your headlights, defrosters, and heated seats. Try to keep your vehicle in a garage and limiting the accessory usage.

Wiper Blades:

Wiper blades can easily tear and dry out during the winter season. Look for streaking and skips in the blades, and replace them as needed.

Air Conditioner:

Your air conditioner removes moisture and prevents fog from building up when you are operating in defrost mode. If this feature is not working properly then you need to check that you have the correct amount of refrigerant.

Getting your vehicle ready for the colder weather may seem laborious but it can prevent severe accidents and save you time and money in the future.

Source: The Safety Report. “Maintaining Your Vehicle throughout the Colder Months.” By Peter J. Leiss.

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