Winter will be here before we know it! That means that harsh driving conditions will be soon to follow. Fear not! Follow these four tips and both you and your car will be ready to take on the winter ahead.
Inspect Your Tires
Ideally, your tires will be the only part of your car touching the ground this winter. That’s why you should be sure that your current set is ready to provide maximum grip for you. Start with checking out the tread and ensuring that there are still plenty of deep grooves for water to travel through and prevent hydroplaning. You’ll also want to ensure your tires are filled up to the optimal pressure. You can do this at most gas stations, or we can take care of it for you during your next visit!
If you conclude that your tires are too worn for the icy months ahead, it makes sense to purchase a new set and install them before winter arrives. You should consider having them aligned right after the installation to ensure your car handles 100% predictably.
Check Your Battery Life
Colder weather is known for adding extra strain on car batteries. As such, you should be sure to check your battery life before winter arrives. When you take your car into a professional, we can inspect the battery along with its cables and terminals to give you an accurate idea of whether replacement is needed for a safe, reliable winter.
Replace Windshield Wiper Blades
Consider doing yourself a favor and start off winter with a fresh set of windshield wiper blades. Driving in snow is already stressful enough, and the last thing you want is your aged wipers making it even worse. This is a cheap and easy replacement that you’ll be thanking yourself for in the long run.
Check Your Engine Coolant and Antifreeze Levels
Antifreeze is a magical substance that keeps your car running even when it feels like we ourselves are going to freeze. Without a proper level of antifreeze, your car may automatically shut down in order to prevent engine damage. Luckily, replenishing antifreeze is one of the easiest maintenance tasks to perform, so this scenario is pretty easy to avoid.
Prepare Your Car for Winter with Churchill Auto Care
If your vehicle needs maintenance, give us a call! We offer excellent service at a fair price for all of your automotive maintenance and repair needs. To schedule an appointment, please visit our site or give us a call at (301) 620-7620.