If you don’t know where to start with getting your car ready for winter, we have a list of things to do and have done before the cold weather hits to keep your car running smoothly all through the season.
Check out what your owner’s manual says about your maintenance schedule and get anything done that needs to be—an oil change, tire rotation, coolant flush, tune-up, and so on. Winter is hard on cars, and you want it to be in tiptop shape.
Check your fluid levels. If anything is low, top it off, especially coolant. If you have any damaged parts or leaks, if your tires seem to be losing air quickly, or your tread has worn out too much, have your car inspected. You should get a battery test done regardless, which is free at most part shops.
Check your heater and defroster if you haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Especially the defroster—it’s vital to keeping your windows clear in the winter.
If you’re going to put winter tires on, go ahead and do that. Winter tires are a smart thing to use because while you’re driving on these specialized tires and keeping yourself safer, you’re also extending the life of your all-season tires.
Put together an emergency kit to keep in your car with food, water, flashlights, warm clothes and blankets, basic tools, a shovel, and anything else you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.