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  • Writer's pictureBilly Hillmuth

How to Winterize Your Vehicle

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Driving in the winter can be a pretty big challenge, but there are a few ways you can make the process safer for you and, in turn, everyone on the road. Today we’re going to take a look at a few ways that you can winterize your vehicle.

Take a Look Under the Hood

Before the frost rolls in, you should take some time to get a few elements of your car checked out. One of the most important is the battery. Batteries don’t last long in freezing temperatures, and if it’s already not doing well, then you may be in trouble. When you bring your vehicle in to us to take a look at the battery, we’ll make sure it’s functioning properly. If it isn’t, then we’ll recommend your next course of action based on its health.

While we’re checking on your battery, we can also check on your oil and antifreeze to ensure optimal performance. We want you to leave our Auto Repair Shop in Gaithersburg, Maryland with confidence.

How Are Your Tires Doing?

Tires are also more likely to struggle with their air pressure during the colder months. Check in with your tires and make sure the pressure is where it needs to be. You may even consider getting snow tires if you want better handling and traction in the snow. If you’re not sure how full of air your tires should be, check the inside of your car door or your owner’s manual. There are also some helpful online resources that can help calculate your optimal pressure based on the make and model of your car. Avoid filling them to the PSI on the side of the tire, as this is the maximum.

Do You Have the Tools You Need to Succeed?

There are a ton of cool gadgets that you can pick up to make your winter adventures safer and more effective, but not everything needs to be so complicated. Here’s a list of a few things that you should keep in your car during the winter just in case.

  1. A good ice scraper with a brush.

  2. A warm blanket.

  3. Flares

  4. A flashlight with extra batteries.

  5. An extra cell phone battery, fully charged

  6. Snacks and water bottles.

Need a Tune Up Before Winter?

If you need a reliable team to take a look at your vehicle, then let the professionals at Hillmuth assist you. We’re ready to ensure that your vehicle is ready for anything the winter can throw at it. Contact us today for more information or to set up an appointment with an Auto Mechanic in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


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