Snow Could Be Coming Soon - Is Your Vehicle Ready for the Winter?
Keeping your car in top condition takes more than simply getting your oil changed and routine maintenance tasks completed. Winter and fall months of the year create a particularly difficult environment that could cause problems with your vehicle if you don't prepare adequately. No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in the cold winter air, and yes, even snow! Be sure to follow these tips to stay warm, toasty and traveling all winter long.
Keep it Clean
Filters support a lot of different parts of your vehicle; from air filters that keep the dust to a manageable level and reduce allergens in the air to fuel filters that help make your engine more efficient. Replacing these filters on a regular basis helps ensure that you are running efficiently (and can save money, too). Changing engine oil is something we all know we should do, but seldom get to when the time comes. Check your owner's manual to determine how often an oil change is recommended and what the best type of oil is for your particular vehicle. Flushing and refilling your cooling system seems like something that should be done in the summer, but it's an important wintertime maintenance task, too. Replace your windshield wipers before the changing seasons, as the temperature differences can cause them to crack or degrade — and visibility is important with the potential for snow or freezing rain in the air!
The fall and early winter are great times to do a once-around your car to see if everything is in order. The first stop should be with your tires, as worn tires are extremely dangerous in slippery or wet weather. Look for uneven wear and be sure tires are fully inflated and not leaking as this can affect performance as well. Make sure to have your transmission and brakes checked at this time of year, too. Brakes are your first line of defense in slippery weather, and it's important that they are in good working condition before hitting the holiday travel season.
Keeping emergency items in your vehicle during the winter months is always a good idea. You never know when something could happen that causes you to spend several hours in the cold and if you run out of gas to keep your car warm you and your family may be in bad shape before you can be rescued. Experts recommend that a supply box should include:
- Warm blankets
- Road flares
- A strong flashlight and extra batteries
- A backup battery or charger for your cell phone
- High-energy snacks that will keep well, such as granola bars or beef jerky
Your vehicle maintenance professionals at Auto Tek will help you determine if your vehicle is ready for the cold, and yes, even snow, that can happen in Texas. Contact us today at 512-326-3881 to make an appointment, or learn more on our website.