Winter is here! The Northeast is notorious for snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice, slush and freezing temperatures. Winter weather can be harsh on your vehicle, however there are some simple things that you can do to help keep your vehicle running smoothly and looking good throughout the season and beyond.
- Wash Off the Salt – Rock salt is a popular tool to use during the winter to keep the roads free of ice. However, this salt can quickly cover your vehicle and eventually cause unnecessary rust and corrosion. Be sure to wash salt from your vehicle (including the undercarriage) as soon as possible.
- Monitor Tire Pressure – As outside temperatures rise during the day and fall at night, it’s not uncommon for your tire pressure to vary as well. Check your tire pressure often and if any tire is low add air right away to avoid uneven wear and even a blowout. Reference the sticker on the inside of your driver door for the proper PSI for your vehicle.
- Keep Carpets Clean – Protect your carpets from being worn down or stained due to salt and slush by utilizing proper fitting floor mats and vacuuming/shampooing the carpets regularly.
- Refill Windshield Washer Fluid – Winter is an incredibly important time of year to be able to see clearly while you’re driving. We often use more windshield washer fluid during the winter months as road spray constantly dirties the windshield. Check your windshield washer fluid reservoir often and refill as necessary to ensure you don’t run out when you need it most.
- Clear Snow & Ice Wisely – Not only is it important to clear snow and ice from your vehicle for safety reasons, it is also important to clear them in a way that doesn’t damage your vehicle. Use tools specifically designed for the task (i.e. snow brush and ice scraper) and stay away from household tools (i.e. shovels, garage brooms, hot water) that are too harsh for your vehicle.
We hope you have a wonderful winter!