The nights are getting cooler, which means that winter is on the way. In Maryland, this means driving in ice, snow and terrible road conditions. It’s important to have your car serviced before the dangerous winter months on the road.
Visual Inspection of Vehicle
Performing a basic visual check of your vehicle is a great way start preparing. Look over your car for cracks or chips in any windows, fogged up lights or debris caught in any crevices. Remember to check the underside of your car as well, as debris may have collected there. Make sure to check that all underbody panels are secure and fastened.
Swap Out the Basics
Before winter, it’s a good idea to get an oil change and filter change. Regular oil changes are essential to the continued health of your car and engine. Getting an oil change before winter is especially important if you do a great deal of stop-and-go driving.
Pre-winter maintenance should also involve replacing your old wiper blades with new ones optimized for snowy and rainy conditions. Purchase wiper blades that are designed for the winter months and windshield washer fluid that is freeze-resistant. It’s also a good time to make sure that you have an ice scraper and brush in your car.
Check Your Battery
If your car has a battery problem, it is most likely to appear during the winter months. Have a professional check your battery to see if it should be swapped out. A weak battery might leave you with a dead car on a snowy and cold morning.
Get Together Your Winter Emergency Kit
Winter driving can be unexpectedly dangerous, so an emergency kit is essential. Pack together a back with an extra pair of gloves, boots, blankets, a flashlight, a phone charger that is not a car charger, extra batteries, and flares. Place a small and strong shovel in your trunk along with dirt or kitty litter to help you out of a slick spot.