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4 Essential Winter Car Tips

Cold temperatures and icy roads means a lot of potential risks when driving your car. Eliminate those risks by following some simple, DIY tips to prepare yourself and your car for the winter ahead.

Check Your Tire Pressure Weekly

If you drive with under inflated tires, that can cause them to wear down and lose traction on icy and slippery surfaces. Tire pressure drops with air temperature and you can go to any gas station to fill them up with an air pump. Don’t forget to let out a little air when spring starts and the temperatures begin to climb.

Keep Tank AT LEAST Half Full

During winter its a good idea to keep your tank at least half full in case of an emergency or if you get stuck and need to wait for help. Besides running the risk of being stranded while going on a near-empty tank, cold temperatures cause condensation to form on the walls of your gas tank, causing water to sink to the bottom, freeze, and damage the gas flow to your engine. Even though gas prices are annoyingly high, it doesn’t come close to the cost of repairing that.

No Cruise Control

Don’t use cruise control when driving on icy roads. You want to aim for full control of your vehicle.

Check Your Battery

Get your car’s battery tested. Inclement weather can significantly decrease battery capacity. Winter is the perfect time to check your battery for corrosion and if it needs water. Corrosion from battery acid appears as a white powdery substance around the clamps and can be easily cleaned off with baking soda, water and a toothbrush. Batteries typically last 3 to 5 years and if yours is in that range, it’s best to go to a mechanic to get it checked, in case it needs to be replaced.

Looking for a mechanic you can trust? Look no further than Packard Automotive of Cudahy! No shop is as quick, qualified, or convenient! Call 414-483-3631 and schedule an appointment today!

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