Winter is coming once again, and that means a whole new set of challenges for Kentuckians on the road. If you want to stay ahead of the rough weather that’s likely to come, take the time to get your ride ready for the task and winterize your car.
Check Your Battery
It is imperative to go into winter with a strong and fully charged battery. The frigid temperatures of winter place a much higher strain on your battery than other seasons; at zero degrees Fahrenheit, your battery only holds half the cranking power it does at 80 degrees. Have your battery professionally inspected to ensure it’s giving you enough juice and replaced if need be. As a general rule, you should have your car battery replaced every five years.
Visibility is Key
The blinding white of snow and ice can severely reduce visibility during the winter. Replace your wipers if they leave watery streaks on your windshield or show any signs of cracking or rigidity. Always use a brush or scraper to remove ice and snow and be sure to keep wipers off the glass overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield. And if you haven’t already, make sure that your car’s heating and defrosting are working as they should.
Snow, salt, slush and dirt can make your car look like it’s seen better days. A thorough waxing before serious snowfall and regular washings during the season will keep your car fresh and clean. What’s more, a coat of wax will help protect the finish of your car from road salt, which can lead to rusting and corrosion.
If you’re looking to swap out your current ride for something newer with all-wheel drive, come on in to Chip Wynn Motors and check out our great selection.