Prepare for the Winter by Winterizing Your Car

If there’s one thing we can count on when it comes to living in the Philadelphia area, it’s that winter will be long, cold and snowy. Despite the weather, you still have places to go and things to do, and you’re going to need to be able to rely on your Subaru to get you there. 

 

However, just as winter weather can harm your home or yard, it can also negatively impact the performance of your car. The good news is that by winterizing your car, you can optimize your vehicle’s performance until Spring rolls around again.

 

Why Should You Winterize Your Car?
 

Winter months are tough on any vehicle. Cold temperatures can freeze fluids and tire out your car’s battery. Slippery roads can make it difficult to maintain control of your car at all times, making driving unpredictable and even nerve-wracking. Not to mention, your car has to work much harder to get from one place to another than it does in warmer conditions.

 

Winterizing your car helps address many of the challenges your car might face while it is cold and icy outside. It essentially consists of preparing your vehicle for these rougher conditions, which consequently helps keep you happy and safe while your drive. By winterizing your car, you are ensuring that your car is as ready as possible for the tough winter months ahead.

 

Nowadays, many car manufacturers claim that their new model cars are better equipped to handle winter conditions. While that is true to some degree, it is still important to evaluate the status of your car and check over the elements that are most affected by the snowy conditions and freezing temperatures. That’s why, no matter how old or new your car is, winterizing your car is an important process to take on this time of year.
 

Tips on Winterizing Your Car
 

Winter is already here, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to take precautions and evaluate the status of your vehicle. There’s still plenty of time to prepare your car for the worst of winter, and we’re here to help! Here are some tips on how to winterize your car.

 

  • Check your car’s fluids. When winterizing your car, the place to start is replacing all of the car’s fluids, such as its oil and its coolant. Cold temperatures can make a car’s oil thicker, reducing the efficiency of the car’s engine; replacing your oil to a thinner viscosity can amend that issue. Ensuring that your car’s antifreeze is at the correct ratio will prevent your radiator from freezing in the cold temperatures too.
  • Invest in snow tires. In the Philadelphia area, we’re almost guaranteed to get snow at some point in the winter, so purchasing some snow tires is worth the investment. Snow tires improve traction, making it easier to navigate poor road conditions. Be sure to consistently check your tires’ air pressure during the winter too, as low temperatures can decrease the tire pressure to dangerous levels.
  • Evaluate your visibility. Not only do we have to be able to see during wintery storms this time of year, but we also have less daylight to work with. For that reason, it’s essential to make sure your headlights and blinkers are working properly. It is also a good idea to make sure that your windshield wipers are working, and the wiper fluid is full. Finally, it’s useful to have an ice scraper or effective defroster in your car to remove stubborn snow stuck to your windows.
  • Prepare for emergencies. Sometimes, even with ample preparations, the winter weather gets the better of us. Whether you have slipped on some black ice or get stuck in a snow drift, it’s important to be ready for accidents as well. We recommend storing an emergency kit in the trunk of your car that contains tools to help improve your visibility to other passing vehicles and blankets to keep you warm while you wait for assistance.
  • Bring Your Car in for Winterizing Service. Perhaps you’d rather leave to winterizing process to the professionals. That’s just fine with us! At Rafferty Subaru, we offer winterizing service for your car that will have you perfectly prepared for the rest of the season. Stop in today, and your car will be ready for winter in no time.

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