Prepare Your Car For Winter

When the temperatures start to drop its time to start preparing your vehicle for the harsh conditions of winter. Making sure that your car is prepared for the winter cold can be a literal lifesaver in harsh conditions. Here are some tips so you can prepare your car for the winter cold:

1) Regular Maintenance:
Winter means it’s time to get up to speed on all of your vehicle’s regular maintenance. Make sure to top off all of the fluids that you might have been neglecting during the summer months. This includes your oil, coolant, brake and transmission fluid as needed. Also, make sure to check your bulbs and windshield wipers are working properly.

2) Check Your Tires:
Err on the side of safety and have your tires rotated and inspected. The last thing you need in cold, wet weather is to be driving on bald or dry rotted tires. Also, make sure that your spare tire has enough air in it in case you need it. When you do that, check the pressure in your tires as well. When your tires have the proper amount of air in them, your car will handle better and you’ll get better gas mileage.

3) Protect Your Interior:
If you are planning on getting in and out of the elements you might want to consider getting all-weather floor mats.  They’re easy to clean and keep the muck all in one place. Also, consider cleaning the insides of your windows. This will ensure better visibility and reduce the likelihood of steamy glass.

4) Maintain Your Coolant System:
Take the time to get your car’s coolant system checked. Extreme conditions and harsh temperatures can easily knock it out. This means having your cars radiator pressure tested, having your water pump tested, and replacing your car’s engine coolant. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water will provide protection against sub-zero temperatures. Keeping everything fresh inside will put less stress on your vehicle’s hardware and save you serious money in the long run.

5) Prepare a Roadside Emergency Kit:
Being stranded at the side of the road in the harsh conditions of winter can be extremely dangerous. Carrying these supplies may save your life:

            - a blanket
            - jumper cables
            - a flashlight
            - chains
            - a first-aid kit
            - a small knife
            - flares
            - a couple energy bars
            - watergloves
            - small shovel
            - waterproof matches
            - ice scraper
            - a bag of sand or kitty litter to help provide traction if your car is stuck in the             snow

Merry Christmas From
Snelson Collision Repair

The holiday season tends to put things into perspective and it’s easy to be thankful for all of life’s wonderful blessings. Here at Snelson Collision Repair, we are thankful to you, our loyal customers. With your help we have made our shop into what it is today. We know that with your continued support and trust in us that we will be successful for years to come. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and as a friendly reminder we will be closed for the holiday.