Get your Car Ready for the Winter

Toyota Winter Driving Vehicles

With the winter rapidly approaching, now is the time to think about getting your vehicle ready for the colder weather. The winter provides some pretty harsh conditions that can be damaging to your vehicle. Think about the road salt that can corrode your vehicle, the precipitation that can cause rust and the ice that can damage your paint. Your vehicle has no choice but to be driven in the winter months. Take the time to prepare your vehicle for the long winter ahead. This helps protect your vehicle. It also ensures that you will have the features that you need in order to stay safe on the slick roads. Here are some different ways that you can get your car ready for the winter ahead.

Maintaining Your Tires

Your tires are an incredibly important part of your vehicle all year. In the winter months, it is even more important that you make sure your tires are in good shape. This is what will provide you with optimal traction on slick roads. To prevent being involved in an accident, make sure that your tires are not too worn down. You can do the penny test on your tires to check for adequate tread wear. You simply place a penny inside of the tread of your wheel. The penny should be upside down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it might be time to invest in a new set of tires. Also, make sure that your tires are wearing down evenly. If you notice that one tire has more wear than another, this could indicate there is a problem going on with your brakes or suspension.

Be sure to keep a close eye on the air pressure inside of your tires. When the temperatures turn colder in the winter months, the psi in your tires can drop 1 point for every 10 degree drop in temperature. If you don’t have enough air in your tires, this greatly affects how well your vehicle can grip the road. If you are concerned that you need new tires, now is the time to make the investment. This is a big investment, but your safety is well worth it.

Toyota Winter Driving Truck in Snow

Windshield Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blades come in all kinds of sizes and varieties. If you are still using your wiper blades that were on your vehicle all summer, now is the time to invest in a winter set. If you don’t have something that is high quality, your windshield will be streaked with ice and snow each time that you drive. This is unsafe for both you, and this is unsafe for other drivers that are on the road with you. Make sure that you routinely fill your windshield wiper reservoir. This fluid works along with your wiper blades to keep your windshield free from moisture, ice, dirt, snow and more.

Check Your Heating System

The heating system that is part of your vehicle does more than just keep you warm while you are driving. This system also helps keep your vehicle defrosted. Do a test ahead of the winter. Make sure that your windows will be able to defrost, and make sure your vehicle can warm up in all areas. When winter does strike, try to start your vehicle a few minutes ahead of leaving the house. Some vehicles come with a remote starter. You won’t even have to leave your warm home to start your motor up. This warm up period is beneficial for your safety, comfort and vehicle’s integrity.

Make sure that you take some time to prepare your vehicle for the winter that is ahead. It’s not many people’s favorite time of year, but if you take the appropriate steps now, you can ensure that you’ll be safe on the road all season. If you have recently invested in a new vehicle from our Kenny Kent Toyota dealership, make sure that you learn your vehicle well. This allows you to make the most out of all the features that your vehicle has. If you need assistance with winter maintenance, call or visit us for more information.

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