Winter Car Maintenance

Cars are expensive to buy and maintain. If you live in a cold weather climate, it’s even more important to keep your vehicle serviced regularly. Nothing’s worse than driving on a freshly salted highway, and finding out that you have no windshield washer fluid or that your windshield wipers are worn out and don’t work properly. These are simple things that anyone can do themselves, and will help to prevent accidents. Preventive maintenance is usually cheaper than having to make expensive repairs later. Here’s the most basic inspections you should do in preparation for winter driving.

  1. Check your windshield wipers. Save money by changing the blades yourself if needed.
  2. Check your windshield washer fluid regularly. You can keep a jug of this at home and refill as needed. Just be sure to store it in a safe place where young children and pets can’t get at it as it is poisonous.
  3. Check the tread on your tires. At the same time, check the tire pressure.
  4. Have your brakes inspected.
  5. Check your battery.

Winter driving presents its own set of challenges. Taking the time to clear off the the windows and making sure they’re adequately defrosted keeps you and other drivers safe. Driving slower and watching out for the other guy will save you money and aggravation in the long run.