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Winter is almost here, and no matter how hard we try there is no avoiding it. One of the worst things about the winter season is the time spent dealing with our automobiles. Cleaning off snow, scraping off all that ice and waiting for an automobile to warm up are grim reminders that winter is not always the most wonderful time of the year. Worse yet, having your automobile break down in less than forgiving conditions is about as rough a situation as it gets, therefore it is imperative that you winterize your vehicle.

With that said, here are some things you can do to winterize your automobile and ensure it is running in tip-top condition this winter:

  • Oil Change: Depending on what comes first, you should either change your oil every year or every 3,000 miles. This is especially important during the winter months because your car is working a lot harder.
  • Battery: There’s nothing worse than having a dead battery. Well, except having a dead battery when it’s 20o below and you’re in the middle of nowhere. The best way to prevent this from happening is to change your battery if it’s four or more years old.
  • Windshield Wipers: If your wipers are old and aren’t working too well, you would definitely want to change them before winter begins. Having crummy wipers while driving in a bad storm will make your drive increasingly difficult and dangerous.
  • Antifreeze: If your antifreeze is low, fill it using a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. Alternatively, you can buy antifreeze that comes pre-mixed, taking the measuring out of the equation. While checking your antifreeze, I suggest you take a look at your wiper fluid and fill if necessary.
  • Lights: Check all of your automobile’s lights, including the headlights, taillights and the turn signals.
  • Tires: Inspect your tires to ensure they are properly inflated and aren’t too worn out. If you aren’t’ quite sure how to go about this, here is a post we did that explains how to do both! How to Check Your Tires Tread and Air 

All of these tips should help your vehicle run at its best during these frigid months. However, if you aren’t all that savvy when it comes to automobile maintenance, then you can certainly bring your vehicle to a trusted mechanic to have them winterize your vehicle for you. So long as they do not find any big issues with your automobile, then it really should not cost you a whole lot of money.

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