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5 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Vehicle

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With the winter season just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about ways to prep your car for the winter driving season. Many famlies do a lot of traveling over the holidays- including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Depending on where they might be traveling to, many are bound to encounter inclement weather on the road. Taking just a couple of hours to make some quick checks, and replacements (if necessary), can give you peace of mind and save you time and money later on.

Here are a few steps you can take to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season...

Check your fluids

It's so important to check and replace fluids, if needed. Make sure you check your transmission fluid, power steering, change the oil if it's time to do so, etc. You can easily check your own oil, and many folks even opt to change their car's oil themselves. Just make sure you know what you're doing, or you're with someone else who is experienced in changing the car's oil before you attempt to change it yourself. Check the washer fluid and make sure it's filled and working properly. 

Prepare for battery issues

The winter time can be extra harsh on car batteries, so it's a good idea to know where your local auto repair or auto parts store is, in case you find yourself needing to purchase a new battery. You can also purchase a battery charging kit, and keep it in the trunk of your car, in case you run into battery trouble while on the road.

One of the best ways to ensure that you are able to do a DIY tune-up on your car, is to invest in an air compressor. You might not have thought to purchase a tool of this nature, but portable air compressors can be of great help in maintaining your car's battery, or even for filling in rusty exterior areas with fresh spray paint.

The Penny Test for Tire Tread Depth

Check your tires

Making sure that you have good tire tread is a must-do before the winter season sets in. Driving on bald or nearly bald tires is incredibly dangerous, especially if you encounter rain, snow or ice. You can change your tires out to winter or snow tires before the winter season arrives. This can be especially helpful for those vehicles which drive through tough terrain, or for those who live in heavy snowfall areas. To check your tire tread, use the penny trick. Place a penny into the groove of your tire tread, and then check to see that Lincoln's head is still visible. 

Check your exhaust system

This might be one of the steps in prepping a car for winter that is often overlooked by vehicle owners. Have your car's exhaust system checked for leaks- esp. carbon monoxide leaks which are so dangerous, especially during the winter season when windows are usually closed and rarely opened to ventilate the vehicle.

Prep an emergency kit

In the event of an emergency (say you become stranded in your vehicle), make sure you have a winter emergency kit in your car at all times. Smart items to include are bottled water, non-perishable foods/snacks, warm blankets, flares, matches, a flashlight, jumper cables, etc. 

Taking a few simple steps to prep your vehicle for winter can ensure the safety of your family/passengers during the harsh winter months.

This post brought to you by Milnes Ford.

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