Car Maintenance, Vehicle Tips

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter Wiper Blades | Bangor, ME

Cold weather and snowy, icy roads are hard on vehicles, which is why it’s so important to prepare your car for winter. Follow these tips to get your car ready, and give us a call at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor to schedule a service appointment.

1: Check your fluids. Your oil and coolant are more important than ever in the wintertime because your engine is working so much harder than usual, and you need those fluids to keep all the parts working smoothly. If your motor oil is low or dirty, it might be time for an oil change.

2: Check your tires. Cold weather makes the air in your tires shrink, reducing the pressure, and tires with low pressure have less traction with the ground. Another thing that reduces traction is worn out tread — if your tread is getting low, consider replacing your tires.

3: Winterize your wipers. You can get winter wipers with a rubber cover that are easier to dislodge when covered in ice and snow. Also consider adding a defrosting wiper fluid to your car so you can avoid scraping ice off your windshield in the mornings.

4: Update your emergency kit. In the wintertime, your emergency kit should include blankets, a change of clothes in case your clothes get wet, food and water, and something to help you get out of a snowbank, like sand or cat litter.

Winter is beautiful, but it can be dangerous if your car isn’t well prepared. Stop by Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor, and we’ll have your vehicle in tip-top shape in no time.

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