I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own.
With the winter weather upon us, it’s important to not only make sure you and your house is ready for the winter, but your vehicle as well. Living in the northern states, it’s especially important that we take care of our vehicles, as the temperatures drop quickly and there is often snow on the ground until mid April. Every year we take a number of steps to make sure that our vehicles are tuned up and ready for the cold harsh winter, including getting an oil change, tires rotated, and checking all of the fluids.
My husband is also big onto getting a car wash twice a month to get rid of all of the salt and sand to help prevent corrosion. Living in the northern states, the value of vehicles can significantly decrease due to the amount of salt that can cause rust. When using a car wash, use a WaterSavers® Car Wash as they not only help to protect your vehicle, but the environment as well. These car washes typically use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash. You can learn more and find a WaterSavers wash by visiting, Washwithwatersavers.com.
Tips to protect your vehicles this winter:
A clean car is your first line of defense against winter.
While the winter season typically takes a toll on your car, proper maintenance can go a long way to preserving your investment. For example, according to the International Carwash Association®, getting a new wash and a fresh coat of wax before the temperature starts to fluctuate can be your first line of defense against winter elements like ice, salt, sand and slush.
Vehicular corrosion also occurs most quickly when temperatures rise and then fall below freezing. That’s why most auto manufacturers recommend getting your car washed and waxed at a professional car wash twice a month, especially during the winter.
Rotate your tires.
Most people know they should get their oil changed every 3,000 miles, but many forget their tires need maintenance as well. Tires should be rotated before winter and then again every 6,000 miles.
Add some winter weight to your oil.
Changing your oil and filter is especially important during the winter. Drivers who live in a colder climate should consider changing to heavier, winter-weight oil during the winter months.
Take care of your wiper blades.
Your windshield wiper blades are your first line of defense when the snow starts to fly. Make sure your wiper blades are in good, working order and replace them if you have doubts. It’s better to make this change now instead of finding out your blades aren’t working when you really need them.
Take your car in for a tune-up.
Any noises, pings or sluggish starts you currently notice will only intensify as the temperature drops. It’s best to get your vehicle in for a tune-up as soon as possible to get any issues addressed.
Give your steering some power.
Check your powering steering fluid each month, and make sure the car is warmed up before you do so. If you find the level is low, look for leaks in the hoses or pump. Low power steering fluid will make your car more difficult to steer, which is something you’ll want to avoid as the roads get slick.
Protect yourself from carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide leaks are dangerous at any time, but they are especially deadly during the winter when you will be driving your vehicle with the windows closed. Have your exhaust system checked to make sure no leak exists.
Apply the brakes.
Besides the seatbelt, your car’s brakes are its most important safety feature. This is especially true in the winter when slippery conditions can make stopping difficult. Before the first snow fall, bring your car to an experienced mechanic to verify that your brakes are ready for the season.
How do you protect your vehicles in the winter?
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