Car Maintenance Tips for the Winter Season

The months of holiday traveling may be over, but the coldest temperatures are arriving, which can bring even more stress when it comes to your vehicle. Whether you’re just driving a few times a week, or commuting to the office every day, there are a few maintenance tasks that can keep your car running smoothly during the winter. Here are the most important:

  • Get your annual inspection done early in the month. If your car is due for a State Inspection during the winter months, be sure to take it in early. You never know when inclement weather may hit, and you don’t want to be stuck with an expired inspection when all of the shops are closed, or already full.
  • Wash and wax. If you live in an area that sees lots of snow, washing and waxing your car can help protect it from damaging salt and chemical melts.
  • Test your battery. Nothing is worse than heading to your car on a frigid morning and having the battery fail, which tends to happen more from cold weather. Have your battery tested to avoid waiting in the cold for a jump.
  • Inspect tires. Your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle when driving in the snow or freezing rain. Check the tread on your tires and consider switching them out for snow tires if your area sees a lot of snow every year.
  • Replace wipers and bulbs. Make sure you have good visibility even in snow or rain by replacing your windshield wipers and any lights that appear dull.
  • Stay safe. This is a task that everyone can complete without going to a shop. Make sure you’re prepared for winter weather by keeping a spare jacket, high visibility vest, jumper cables and snow-tools in your car.