Winters are rough on our vehicles—rougher than any other time of year. Make sure your vehicle survives it through another cold and snowy season by following these winter car care tips:
- Regularly check your tire pressure: Tires lose pressure quickly in the winter—about a pound of pressure for every 10-degree decrease. Manually check your tire pressure each week and pump them up as necessary. Also, test your tread depth while you’re down there to ensure you have enough tread to handle snowy and icy roads.
- Or just put on snow tires: We can get a fair amount of snow here in Kentucky. Consider investing in snow tires this winter season.
- Check all your exterior lights: It gets dark much sooner in the winter, which means more “nighttime driving.” Make sure you can see and be seen by testing your exterior lights once a week, including headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals.
- Leave up your wiper blades: If you park outside, raise your windshield wiper arms up so they don’t get stuck to your windshield with ice.
- Don’t let your fuel drop below half a tank: Always having half a tank of gas is a safe bet in the winter in case you get stranded and need to run your heat until help arrives.
If you’re worried about your vehicle or need help getting it ready for ice or snow, make sure to find a repair shop now before you get in trouble down the line.