You can already feel it in the air: winter is just around the corner. Before hitting the road in the cold, it’s important to follow these simple steps to properly winterize your car.
Check your oil
Cold weather causes motor oil to thicken up and become less effective. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to switch to thinner oil that delivers optimal performance even when the temperature drops below freezing. Fortunately, this is an easy, inexpensive step you can take to keep your car running well all winter.
Install snow tires
Despite what the name suggests, all-season tires aren’t your best option in cold weather. Instead, consider installing a dedicated set of snow tires, as they provide better traction and performance in cold, snowy driving conditions.
Wash and wax
Keeping your car clean isn’t just about looking flashy. In fact, hitting the car wash and applying a protective layer of wax is one of the best ways to protect your vehicle’s exterior against corrosive materials like salt that tend to build up on car bodies over the winter.
Stow emergency items
Finally, it’s important to stow some emergency items in your vehicle in case of a cold-weather breakdown. You should always have non-perishable food and water, a blanket or two, and a battery-powered cellphone charger in case of emergency.
Of course, another good idea is to get your car checked here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck. Our friendly service staff would be happy to make sure you are cold-weather fit.