Follow These Car Care Tips for Winter 2018

Car Care Tips for Winter

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.

 

Winter Car Maintenance Must-Dos

winter car maintenance

We have had an unseasonably warm winter in Paducah thus far, but we’re just getting started now that we’re into January. There is still time to have some crucial winter maintenance done to your car before the temperatures drop any further.

  • Change your oil now before it gets too cold to spend time outside under your car.
  • Have your tires rotated. Replace them if the tread is worn and you notice them sliding on wet pavement.
  • Test your battery. Battery performance suffers in the winter, so you’ll want a top-performing battery when temperatures drop.
  • Check your lights: Visibility decreases in the winter time, so it is more crucial than ever to make sure your headlights, taillights, brake lights, etc., are all operating. Replace any bulbs that have burnt out.
  • Ask a professional to inspect your engine for any work that might need to be done.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades to make sure you can remove snow during a blizzard.
  • Pack an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. Your car should always have an emergency kit, but in the winter, it is important to add coats, hats, gloves, and blankets.

Are you concerned your current daily driver won’t survive the winter? Browse our used car inventory at Chip Wynn Motors.