Winter is among us and the weather is becoming much colder, turning rain into snow and making our daily driving just a little more difficult. In order to keep safe on the road during the winter season, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is in top condition and properly maintained for winter weather. Here are some maintenance tips to follow to make sure that your vehicle is safe for winter driving.
Make sure your heater and defroster are working properly. Your heater will ensure that you and your passengers are kept comfortable while on the road. Your vehicle’s defroster is also extremely important when it comes to defrosting your windshields to be able to see clearly and safely.
Be sure to have a regular vehicle inspection performed. Getting stuck on the road in the winter can be a huge hassle. A regular vehicle inspection before the winter will help catch any issues while they are small and keep your vehicle running in top condition throughout the season.
Check your tires for excessive wear or worn down tread. Good tires are essential for safe driving in the winter. Look over tires and make sure there is no sign of excessive wear or worn down tread. If you notice that one or more of your tires look bald, they should be replaced before driving in rain or snow.
Change your windshield wipers. Windshield wipers actually only last about a year, depending on weather conditions. After the hot summer, wipers typically dry out and become cracked or frayed. A new pair of wipers will make sure that you will be able to see properly out of your windshield while driving through rain or snow.
Double check that your oil is changed on time. If you are due for an oil change, make sure to have that completed before any excessive driving in the winter. Clean oil will protect your engine and help you avoid major issues on the road.
Have your brake system inspected. Brakes are a very important safety component of your vehicle, especially during the winter. A quick brake inspection at your local auto mechanic will ensure that your brakes are working properly.
All of the tips above will guide you in proper vehicle maintenance this winter to keep safe while driving. If your vehicle needs any service or repair, stop by the experts here at Weaver’s Auto Center in Shawnee or give us a call at (913) 298-8827 today!