Now is the Time to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter!

By Product Expert | Posted in Maintenance, Safety, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 7:07 pm
Tips for getting your vehicle winter-ready

It may only be September, but now is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for the winter season. If the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, we can expect snow to hit Indianapolis as early as mid-October, and you want to be prepared! Here are some great tips to help get your vehicle winter-ready!

Tip #1: Build a Winter Survival Kit

Having a kit of supplies on hand is essential during the winter months, especially when you slide into the ditch. We recommend keeping the following items in your vehicle during the winter:

  • Flashlights
  • Spare cell phone and charger
  • First aid kit
  • Extra pairs of gloves
  • Extra socks (several pairs)
  • Extra pair of boots
  • Extra clothes
  • Reflective vest
  • Blankets (fleece, wool, or foil hypothermia)
  • Bag of sand, kitty litter, or carpet pieces (to be used for traction when stuck in snow)
  • Shovel
  • A list of phone numbers of family, friends, and towing business that can help you
  • Good set of jumper cables
  • Heavy-duty rope
  • Ice scrapers
  • Tow straps (two)
  • Jack and lug wrench/tire iron
  • Road flares and matches
  • Knife or multi-tool pocket knife
  • Window Punch
  • Water
  • Food (MREs, jerky, nuts, protein bars, chocolate bars, dehydrated fruits and veggies)

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Tires on a snowy roadTip #2: Give Your Tires a Thorough Inspection

Something that can really help you handle snow-covered roads is your vehicle’s tires! But they need to be in excellent condition in order to provide optimal performance! Make sure to check your tires’ pressure and tread, which you can learn more about here!

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Tip #3: Check Your Vehicle’s Antifreeze Levels

We rely on our vehicle to help us get to work, the store, home, the homes of friends and family, and anywhere we want or need to go—even when it is 20 below! With the proper amount of antifreeze, your engine will continue to stay reliable!

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Tip #4: Switch to Winter-Grade Liquids

In addition to antifreeze, switch out your current vehicle liquids for winter-grade variations. This includes oil and windshield wiper fluid.

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Contact Joe’s Auto Sales with Any Questions

If you have any questions about preparing your vehicle for winter, please feel free to contact us at 317.243.2269! We also invite you to stop by our dealership (located at 3250 W Washington Street in Indianapolis) and check out our inventory of high-quality used vehicles—many of which are equipped with all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive for easy winter driving!

5 Responses to “Now is the Time to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter!”

  1. Janet Chua says:

    Winter season is harsh for vehicles. In this season the roads become covered with snow & ice. Therefore the driver faces difficulty in driving. So it is suggested to use winter tires during this period. These tires produce better traction on the snowy road surface. The tire pressure generally fluctuates due to change in surrounding temperature. We must check the tire pressure and tread depth regularly. Battery capacity decreases significantly in cold weather. We should check the condition of the battery by an automotive technician.

  2. Billy parson says:

    Information given in this article is really helpful to winterize a vehicle. Fluctuation in surrounding temperature could affects the tire pressure of the vehicle. S, tire pressure should be inspected at a regular interval and if necessary should be properly inflated. Apart from this, use of thinner lubricant is really essential for effective lubrication. A quick inspection is really essential prior to leaving for a destination.

  3. Shemekia Bailey says:

    Winter has many adverse effects on vehicles. During winter, oil and all other fluids become thicker as their viscosity increases due to excess cold. Therefore it is advised to use comparatively thinner oil and other fluids. Battery is affected the most during winter. So,it is suggested to conduct volt test on batteries to check it’s condition and if it is found to be weaker than the normal then replacement of the weaker battery is essential. In place of ordinary tires we must use snow tires for our vehicle which provide better grip on snowy road.

  4. Shanika Rathnayake says:

    Winter has many negative effects on the vehicle. During winter, in some regions there is heavy snowfall. The roads are covered with snow. So, the drivers face difficulty in driving. Therefore it is suggested to use snow tires in vehicles which are able to provide better grip on the snow covered road. In addition to this, tread depth of the tires must be measured and if it is found to be lower than 2/32 inch, then the tires need to be replaced. For replacement of car tires, you may refer to:

  5. Annie Miller says:

    Useful suggestions…
    Everyone should be aware of the factors which should be taken into consideration to safeguard the vehicle against the extremely cold temperature of the winter. Environmental temperature does have a significant influence on the performance of the vehicle and extremely cold temperature of the winter might have disastrous impacts on the performance of the vehicle. Electrical equipment of the vehicle including the battery needs special attention during the winter months.

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