Winter is coming, so is your car ready? Driving in the winter can be dangerous, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are six simple tips that will help ensure your safety as you prepare for winter driving this season.


#1 - Get an Oil Change 

Making sure your oil is clean and fresh will keep your engine running at its best. Find a place to get it done before the temperature drops.


#2 - Check the Windshield Wiper Blades 

Winter driving is hard on windshield wiper blades. If the blades are cracked or worn, replace them. 

 

Look for these signs to determine whether your wiper blades need to be replaced:

  • Visible cracks on the rubber
  • Signs of wear and tear, such as frayed edges and missing pieces
  • Sign of streaking, smearing, or clicking when the blades wipe your windshield

#3 - Make Sure the Battery Is in Good Shape

The cold weather can take a toll on your car's battery. Battery power is critical for starting your engine when winter driving, but it also affects the battery life. If your battery was due for replacement in the fall, it might need to be replaced sooner now that winter is here. 

 

How to Check Your Car Battery

  • Look for signs of corrosion or leaks. If you find any, get a new battery before the winter cold drains it.
  • Look for cracks or bulges on the sides of the battery.
  • Check the level of battery fluid. If it's low, add distilled water until the fluid reaches the full line.
  • Clean the battery terminals and cable ends. Get rid of any corrosion, grime, or dirt.
 

When you're ready to replace your battery, make sure you buy one built for cold temperatures.


#4 – Look for Signs of Tire Wear

Tire wear can be a warning sign of bigger problems. Driving with worn tires can be hazardous to your safety and the safety of other road users. If you see cracks, bumps, or bulges on your tires, get them checked by a professional right away.

 

If it snows in your area, getting a set of winter tires might be a good idea. Winter tires are made of rubber that stays flexible even at lower temperatures, which gives you better traction when driving on ice and snow. You can enjoy winter driving a lot more knowing your tires are taken care of.


# 5- Get the Right Antifreeze Mixture

The cold winter air can affect your car's antifreeze levels. Make sure you get the right mixture of both water and ethylene glycol. If you live in an area where temperatures drop below freezing, make sure to get a winter blend of antifreeze.

 

Here are some warning signs to look for in your car:

  • Water in the oil
  • Readings of low coolant levels
  • Radiator fluid that looks milky or rusty
 

#6 - Get Your Car's Engine Tuned Up

You should have your car's engine tuned up before winter to ensure your safety on the road. This will make it easier for you to start the engine, protect against rough idling, and prevent the battery from draining.

 

To get your vehicle ready for winter driving, visit Boch Collision Center in Norwood, MA, today to see what it can do for you. Our professional team of technicians values your safety and can help keep your car running in tip-top condition.

 
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