Is Your Car Ready For Winter?

It’s time to break out the gloves, scarves, boots and heavy jackets. Yes, winter is right around the corner, and as we gear up for the cold, wet, winter that is right around the corner, let’s not forget to prepare our car for the winter as well.

Here are a couple of tips to keep you safe during your winter travels:

*Check your antifreeze.

*Have your charging systems checked. Cold weather starts to make the vehicle battery work much harder and getting stranded in the cold is no fun.

*Inspect your tires. Winter driving requires good traction in snow and ice.  Check your pressure on a regular basis, especially in cold temperatures.

*Replace your wipers. Make sure your blades are in top condition. Road salt and slush can jeopardize visibility. Use washer fluid containing de-icer and Rain-X treatment on windows to avoid the chiseling of ice early in the morning.

*Change your oil and oil filter.  Clean, high-quality engine oil goes a long way in protecting the motor in cold-start situations.

*Visually inspect all lights. Make sure you check marker bulbs, tail bulbs, third level brake lights, especially headlights and driving lights.

*Inspect all belts and hoses. Cracked, frayed or worn out rubber won’t stand up to temperature extremes. Don’t get stranded on your next trip because of a $10.00 belt or hose.

Last but not least…prepare a roadside emergency kit that includes a flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bras, water bottles, jumper cables, flares, and a first aid kit.

If this seems a little daunting, don’t worry! Stop by Peterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram service department and have our trained professionals give your vehicle the once over. We will be happy to get your vehicle ready for winter driving.

Our Quicklube Center is open Monday thru Friday,  from 7:30 to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, from 7:30 to 6:00.  No appointment is necessary! They will do a multi-point inspection and give you the rundown on anything that needs to be addressed.

So, don’t be left out in the cold this winter,  give us a call at 208) 505-8596 or stop by! Your car will thank you for it!

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