Winter Car Care Tips | Crittenden KY | Serving Lexington & Cincinnati

Winter is a difficult time of year for everyone, especially your vehicle. The weather outside is colder, and there’s always a possibility of snow or ice. So there are certain things that you need to do to care for your vehicle in the winter that you don’t even have to think about in the warmer months. Keep reading to discover some winter car care tips to help get you through the winter season.

5 Types of Winter Car Care

Battery

Make sure that your battery is in tip-top shape for the winter months, as a bad battery will leave you stranded in the cold if it unexpectedly dies. Having a volt test done will give you peace of mind or warn you that you need a new battery.

Gasoline

Maintaining a relatively full fuel tank helps you in the winter for several reasons. One, a full tank will prevent water from freezing inside your fuel pump. Two, it could assist you in keeping warm by permitting the engine to run if you ever get stuck.

Coolant

Keeping the engine from freezing in cold temperatures, the coolant in your vehicle is crucial. Most mechanics recommend that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Winter tires typically stay more flexible during cold temperatures, which can provide better traction when you need to stop on cold pavement, even if snow isn’t present. Plus, your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your car is less predictable when your tires aren't inflated properly, so keeping up with your tire pressure is important.

Defroster

Don't want to spend a lot of time scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in working order.

Plus...

We highly recommend everyone keep some type of survival kit in their vehicle in case of emergency. While this isn't a car care tip as much as a tip to keep you prepared, it will make all the difference if you end up stranded. Everyone should consider a survival kit, especially if you do a lot of traveling through rural areas or live in a rural area. Your kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by our dealership at 140 Spears Ln, Crittenden, KY 41030 or give us a call today. We look forward to serving customers from Lexington and Cincinnati.