6 Tips for Winterizing Your Car

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Winter is here; are you ready? While many look forward to the snowy weather, it poses some challenges for cars on the road.

The expert technicians at Auto Glass and Tint Shop are here to help you preserve the quality of your vehicle while staying safe.

Follow these recommended tips to winterize your car.

Get Your Windshield Winter Ready

The first step to preparing for this cold season is to get your windshield ready.

Decreased visibility can cause hazards on the road. Consider replacing wipers with a sturdy winter set to help remove the snow or rain.

Most importantly, if your windshield has any chips or cracks, it needs to be repaired or replaced. Wintry weather may cause windshield damage to get worse, so a chip or crack could get larger.

Take a preventative approach before you hit the road: contact Auto Glass and Tint Shop for your windshield repair and replacement needs.

Cold Weather and Tire Safety

As the temperature drops, so does a tire’s air pressure. When the air pressure in a tire is low, it affects the tire’s traction. Less air pressure may cause the vehicle to slip more on snowy and icy roads. Frequently check the tire pressure, and refill as needed.

If your tires show a lot of wear, consider new, more snow friendly tires.

Protect the Car’s Paint

The winter elements can cause more road debris, which may cause unexpected damage to the car. Preserve the exterior finish with a preventative approach like Paint Protection Film.

As an invisible film, paint protection film shields your car’s bumpers, hood, and more from road wear including gravel and stones.

If you’re interested in learning more about these benefits, contact us today.

Battery Upkeep

Your car’s engine works harder during the winter, which makes the battery drain faster. To avoid getting stuck with a dead battery, do a quick inspection.

  • Check the battery’s age and life cycle.
  • Examine the cables for any cracks or breaks.
  • Remove corrosion where necessary.

If you’ve had your battery for a long time, consider replacing it, especially if your car sits outside.

Check and Refill Fluids

Maintaining your car’s fluid levels are essential to keep it running in the winter. Check and refill coolant to prevent fluid from freezing in your radiator.

Also, cold temperatures cause oil viscosity to thicken, which may affect your engine’s performance. Replace the oil every 3 months, 3,000 miles, or when the manufacturer recommends.

Pack an Emergency Kit

The final step to preparing your car for winter is to pack an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle.

Be sure to include:

  • Blankets
  • Jumper Cables
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Water
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Window scraper
  • Small Shovel
  • Flashlight

Prepare Your Car for Winter with Auto Glass & Tint Shop

With over 25 years of experience, car lovers across the Kansas City metro, trust us for auto glass repair and replacement and paint protection film.

Our certified technicians at Auto Glass & Tint help you stay safe on the road by protecting the structural integrity of your windshield and your car’s exterior paint.

Contact us today for a free quote.