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Three Winter Car Care Tips

Follow These Three Winter Tips to Keep You and Your Vehicle Safe This Winter Season!

When winter peaks its ugly head and storms roll through your town, you want to be sure you are prepared. Everyone knows that you need winter tires to help against slippery conditions, but how else can you prepare for winter conditions? Check out our top three measures that you should take to stay safe on the roads this winter below!

1) Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit

The old saying goes, “always be prepared.” When you have a winter emergency kit, you are preparing for those unforeseen circumstances. It could be that you got your car stuck in some deep snow. It could be that you slide off the road and are now waiting for a tow truck. If you have a winter emergency kit, you will be prepared. Check out our list below of a few of the essential items that you should have in your winter emergency kit.

  • Warm Blankets
  • Sand or Kitty Litter
  • Shovel
  • Extra Clothes
  • Fully Charged Spare Cell Phone

2) Don’t Forget to Change Your Oil!

Oil is necessary for your vehicle to run smoothly. If you’ve ever had trouble starting your car in the winter, a fresh oil change may help. Oil is the lubrication in your vehicle that helps prevent wear on your engine. When it is cold, it takes longer for this oil to heat and lubricates your vehicle. This can produce accelerated wear on your engine. That is why it is important to remember to change the oil in your vehicle.

3) Check Your Battery!

Have you ever accidentally left your phone in the car during winter and went back to find the battery drained? Extremely cold temperatures can have the same effect on your car battery. It is important to have your battery checked and possibly replaced during these winter months. You don’t want to be left trying to find jumper cables to start your car, get your battery checked!

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