Getting your car ready for winter is important to keeping it running throughout the season. Cold weather is hard on your car, so making sure your parts are in good shape before the worst of the weather hits will save you time and money by preventing breakdowns and the need for serious repairs.
The first thing to do is get an oil and filter change. Along with coolant, engine oil is one of the most important things in keeping your engine running well, and having dirty fluid is even worse in winter. Speaking of coolant, make sure it’s at the right level and add some if necessary. They may also do this during your oil change.
Have your battery tested and clean build-up off of the terminals. If your battery charge is weak, you may run into problems with starting it or maintaining power while driving.
Check your tire pressure. Cold compresses the air in tires, lowering the pressure, which reduces traction. Especially in winter when the roads are icy, it’s important to have good traction, so add air when necessary. Also, if you’re planning on switching to winter tires, now is the time.
Finally, put together a winter emergency kit with items you might need if you break down like flashlights, flares, blankets and warm clothes, and food and water. These are just a few of the things you should do before winter—check out more here!
Prepare your vehicle to perform as well as possible in the snow!
In Michigan, winter can be one of the most hazardous times to drive. With Detroit, MI ranked as the 9th snowiest city in the US, on average, Detroit receives around 42.7 inches per year. What does this mean for drivers? It means they better be prepared for any weather condition that comes their way. To help, this year your local Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep dealership in Rochester Hills, MI near Orion, has but a list together of helpful driving tips and is also offering Winter Service Special Discount Coupons until January, 2, 2014!
Stick to the route you know best: sometimes it can be a good idea to check the web for current weather conditions before you leave for your daily commute. This way you can avoid accidents and if you get stuck, describe exactly where you are.
Pack a winter travel safety bag: safety bags can come in handy when you least expect it. An extra phone, charged phone battery, heavy blankets, Advil, flashlight, matches, portable radio, first aid kit, and even a map can help save your life.
Slow down and make sure your lights are turned on: make sure this winter you leave plenty of time and are not in a rush. A good rule to follow is keep your lights on while driving and reduce speed by 50% in hazardous weather conditions.
Lighten up your grip: when you grip your steering wheel too tight, this can make it harder to quickly turn your car id need be.
Schedule a car maintenance checkup: you will want to make sure your spark plugs are new, your battery is strong, lights are working properly and there are no cracks in your timing belt. Check out some of our monthly winter car service specials and see how you can save!
Free Tire and Brake Inspection
$10 Wiper Blades Replacement
Full Cooling System Flush for only $98.95
If you are stuck, do not leave your vehicle: Do not chance getting lost in a snowstorm. Also, make sure that nothing is blocking your exhaust pipe so the carbon monoxide does not build up in your vehicle.
The best tip of all is to avoid driving in hazardous weather conditions as often as possible. If you are and something happens we want to make sure you are fully prepared and not stranded with no power in the middle of a Michigan winter snow storm.