Important Winter Car Care Tips | How to Prep Your Vehicle for Winter in the Midwest
If you live, or have ever visited South Dakota, you’ve seen and felt the harsh winters! Sub zero temps coupled with ice and snow can turn any road into a dangerous situation. Toss in the salt and how it affects your vehicle, low tire pressure and frozen fuel lines. Winter can take its toll on you and your vehicle. To help prevent long-term damage to your vehicle, Vern Eide Motorcars has created Important Winter Car Care Tips:
Check tire pressure weekly. If you’re driving a newer vehicle, odds are the tire pressure gauge on your dashboard will give you an idea if you are driving on underinflated tires and need to have them filled. Tires lose pressure when the temperatures dip into freezing conditions. It’s important to check your tire pressure so you don’t lose traction while driving on icy or slippery surfaces.
Keep an emergency kit handy. Wind, snow or ice, weather can turn quick in South Dakota. It’s important to keep an emergency kit especially during winter months. Ideas to keep in this kit include: a blanket, flashlight, non-perishable food items, water, jumper cables, shovel, and sand or salt. It also helps to keep your cell phone charged up before long winters drives as well just in case.
Keep your fuel tank at least half full. During winter weather, it's a good idea to keep at least half a tank of fuel in the vehicle in the event of an emergency or if you get stuck in the snow and need to wait for rescue, especially at night.
Check your windshield wipers. Imagine an icy day when it’s already hard to see and you're using windshield wiper fluid that doesn't perform well in low temperatures. You'll want to make sure that you've checked that your windshield wipers are in good working condition and also that you fill them with windshield wiper fluid that is meant to be used in the colder temperatures with de-icing capabilities. If you park outdoors, leave the wipers in the raised position to prevent them from freezing to the windshield. Never use your wiper blades to remove ice, snow or frost from the windshield; use an ice scraper instead.
Winter tires. This may seem obvious, but often overlooked. Winter tires can make a huge difference in your driving performance and keep you safe on the road, especially when ice or snow are present. Checking the tread on your tires is always a good idea.
Keep Your Car Battery Charged. Did you know that your battery isn't the strongest until it's too late and you're stuck somewhere in the dead of winter with a dead battery? This is why it's important to frequently check and to keep your car battery charged during winter months.
Protect your car by washing it often. Salt and sand on the road are great to help navigate the snow, ice and crazy winter conditions. But, they wear down your vehicle more than you realize. Frequently running your vehicle through a car wash will help prevent rust from occurring and maintain the long term value of your vehicle.
It's never too early to get you and your car ready to take on whatever this winter will throw at it and that's why we've compiled a list of the top 10 tips for getting your car winter-ready and taking care of it throughout the cold winter months.
Vern Eide wants to make sure that your mind is at ease every time that you hit the road with your vehicle during the winter months, that's why we are always happy to help with any winter maintenance that you may need. From winter tire installation to a full, head to toe winter vehicle maintenance any of our Vern Eide dealerships will be happy to help you get your car winter ready!