Six Ways To Winterize Your Vehicle

Winter is now upon us and with the season comes snow, ice, and below freezing weather. Besides preparing your house, boats, and yards for the chilly season you should also plan on preparing your vehicle for the cooler weather. How? Here are six ways.

  1. Change Your Tires

    The best protection against the icy and snowy roads are good winter tires. All seasons are a good second option, but you should never head into the winter season, especially here in Illinois, with summer tires. Winter tires are designed specifically for snow and ice. They have thicker treads, are made of softer rubber, and will provide you with more traction on the dangerous roads that come with the chilly weather. You should also check the air pressure in your tires frequently as the finicky temperatures rise and fall.

  2. Check Your Battery

    The freezing temperatures can be tough on your battery, so much so, that sometimes your car won't start if it's in the negative. A technician can test your battery ahead of time to ensure that it is up for the cold weather challenge.

  3. Inspect Your Wiper Blades And Wiper Fluids

    There is nothing worse than carefully driving through snow covered roads and realizing that you are out of windshield wiper fluid. A dirty or streaky windshield can lead to unsafe driving conditions and can easily be avoided. Make sure to refill your windshield wiper fluid regularly and, if your wipers are still leaving streaks, they blades themselves may need to be replaced.

  4. Check Your Four-Wheel Drive

    If you're lucky enough to have four-wheel or all-wheel drive you should make sure that it's in working order before you need it. A technician can check to make sure that everything is working properly and that all of the fluids are the way they should be.

  5. Change Your Oil

    Although this should be done at regular intervals anyway, when you have your tires changed over it is the perfect time to have an oil change as well. Cold temperatures can make your oil thicker, which in turn can make it more difficult to lubricate your engine. If you have your oil changed to a thinner viscosity before the cold weather sets in your vehicle will run much more smoothly.

  6. Stock Emergency Supplies

    Accidents happen and, if you find yourself stranded in the cold, you will be glad that you properly stocked your vehicle with emergency supplies. This includes jumper cables, a flashlight, a first aid kit, roadside flares, warm blankets, a folding shovel, water bottles, a tow strap, an ice scraper, and, of course, a spare tire.

If you require any service, or have any questions, contact our service center, here at Gregory Hyundai, and we would be more than happy to help you prepare your vehicle for winter.

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