The previous entry launched a three-part series about how to winterize your vehicles. Last time we discussed how to care for the inside of your car, and this entry will explain how to prepare your car’s outside for the imminent cold. Preparing your vehicles for the winter is crucial, because being proactive can prevent a serious auto repair during the winter months. As the famous saying goes, “One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Below are a few ways to help prepare the outside of your car for the wintry weather. Tires Wintertime often bombards us with slippery situations. Black ice, sleet, hail, and snow make driving on good tires dangerous enough, but driving on old, worn-out tires increases your odds of losing control and getting in an accident. Before the next cold front arrives, check your tires. If your wheels exhibit any of the following signs, then it’s time for a pit stop at the tire store:
  • Visible cracks, blisters, or breaks in the tread
  • Worn-down treads that are less than 1/16 of an inch in depth
  • Bumpy, vibrating sensation while driving
Once you’re sure your tires are in good condition, you also need to check their pressure. As the temperature drops, your tire pressure does, as well. Your car manual should guide you on the appropriate amount of pressure to maintain during the winter, and you can also ask your car repair mechanic. Many people ask us if winter tires are a necessity. While Indiana snow accumulation can be unpredictable, we always get our fair share of sleet, ice, and other slippery precipitation. Winter tires will give you better maneuverability and traction, making them worthwhile investment for many vehicles. Windshield Wipers Windshield wipers may seem like the least of your worries, but they’re almost as essential to your car as an oil change or any other car repair. Having bad wipers is a show stopper; if you can’t see past your windshield—then you certainly can’t drive. During the winter Lafayette experiences freezing rain, snow flurries, and other hazardous windshield obstructions, so make sure you have a reliable pair of wipers before you venture out. Auto Specialty of Lafayette can winterize your car, inside and out. We’re located in Lafayette, IN, and our professionals work on both domestic and imported car models, as well as diesel trucks. Contact us today at 765-477-7300 to make an appointment for your vehicle. We look forward to serving you.
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