Winter Car Care

  • Check your battery.

    Cold weather reduces your battery's ability to produce power, so make sure that it can maintain a full charge.

  • Check your windshield wipers and refill your windshield washer fluid.

    Visibility is important, so replace your wipers if they are worn, or leaving streaks on your windshield, and use a windshield washer fluid that has a lower freezing temperature.

  • Check your tire treads depths and consider snow tires.

    Consider replacing your all-season tires with snow tires, or at a minimum, ensure that the treads on your tires have sufficient depth to provide your car with traction in snowy conditions.

  • Check your tire pressure.

    Cold weather causes the air pressure in your tires to drop, which could affect your road traction, so keep your tires inflated during the winter.

  • Check your antifreeze.

    The anti-freeze to water mixture should be about fifty/fifty, to prevent the coolant from freezing.

  • Check your engine oil.

    Check your engine oil level and have the oil changed if you have reached the recommended oil change interval.

  • Check your belts and hoses.

    Cold weather causes additional stresses on the belts and hoses, so check these for signs of wear and tear and replace them if needed.

  • Remember to keep your fuel tank at least half full and pack an emergency winter kit in your car.