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Tips and Tricks to Keep You and Your Family SAFE during the winter!
Check Your Tires
Wet or Icy roads are dangerous! Make sure you have adequate treat on your tires and check your air pressure! If you live in an area with a lot of snow, consider Snow Tires, which are made of cold-resistant rubber and have deeper treads!
Change Your Oil
Cold temperatures cause oil to thicken, which can prevent it from lubricating your engine, causing damage. (Trust us, Oil is WAY cheaper than getting your engine repaired or even replaced.) Fill your engine with an oil of lower viscosity. (The number before the W represents viscosity (for example; 5W-30 has a lower viscosity than 10W-40. Check your Owner's Manual for the right type.
Change Your Wiper Blades
Regular wiper blades struggle with snow and ice. Switch to winter wiper blades to ensure visibility.
Belts & Hoses
It never hurts to take your car in for a tune-up before the harsh winter months. Make sure your engine's belts and hoses are in good condition. They can easily become brittle in the cold and are more likely to snap or break.
Your car's accident system isn't there just to keep your engine from overheating; it also prevents interior corrosion. If your coolant freezes, your engine could be damaged. Replace your coolant with one that has a proper mix of antifreeze and water (50/50).
Fill Your Tank
During the winter, moisture can build up in your gas tank, which corrodes the metal inside. If this moisture freezes, you could experience heavy damage. Prevent this by keeping your tank above half full. The gasoline will absorb any moisture before it builds up.
Things to Keep in Your Car
Kitty Litter, Road Salt, or Sand