The holidays are just around the corner. You may have planned for lots of travel, and so you do not want to face a breakdown or repair when you drive down to your friends’ or relatives’ place for parties or celebrations. Additionally, now that it is winter, the roads may be dangerous due to the snow and the cold weather can make the fluids thicker and pliable materials stiffer. Therefore, it is important to make sure your car is ready for the winter holidays.

Here are a few tips that will help you maintain your car during the holiday season:

  • Tires

    The icy roads and adverse weather conditions can make driving difficult. Check the tread depth of your tires before you drive down on such conditions. The recommended tread depth is 2/32”. Also, make sure your tires are properly aligned and inflated.

  • Wipers

    Replace your wipers if they leave smudges or streaks in the cold or rainy weather.

  • Oil Change

    The clean and efficient motor oil is important to help your engine run smoothly. Change conventional oil every 5000 miles and synthetic motor oil every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.

  • Lights

    Road grime can build up on your car light lenses and compromise your visibility. Make sure your taillights and headlights are clean and work properly.

  • Finish

    Wash your car frequently as your car’s finish is susceptible to road grime and salt. A car wash will prevent corrosion and rust that may damage your car’s finish, frame, and sheet metal.

  • Fluids

    Engine coolant is a mixture of antifreeze and distilled water. It protects the engine from overheating and freezing up. It may be time to replace the coolant if it looks contaminated or dirty. Also, check and replace the transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid.

  • Engine

    You must pay attention to how your engine behaves and sounds and whether it is idling correctly. Hard starts, diminished power, and stalling could indicate several problems right from broken parts to dirty filters. During the cold weather, allow your engine to warm up before driving. You can warm up your engine by starting your car and waiting for about 30 seconds before driving. Get your engine checked regularly otherwise the cold weather can make existing problems worse.

  • Carry an Emergency Kit

    An emergency kit may have a flashlight, spare power bank, Leatherman-style multi-tool, highway flares, first-aid kit, blanket, duct tape, and protein-rich snacks. These are required just in case anything happens during your journey.

Schedule an appointment with us to have your car ready for the holiday season.

Also Read: How to Protect Your Car from Winter Damage and Rust