Damaged tires are no match for sleek, slippery roads. Get tires winter-ready by examining for thin or uneven tread wear, which reduces traction and can be very dangerous in winter weather. Cut or damaged sidewalls are also weak areas that can collapse under severe weather conditions. Remember to check the air pressure before and during winter months to ensure the best traction and mileage.
Once your tires are in good shape, apply tire cleaner and protectant to help repel winter elements.
Wax On, Winter Off
Winter oxidation can dull your car’s paint and shine. To keep your vehicle cleaner, longer make sure to thoroughly wash and wax before the cold weather hits. For best results, wash your car with a product like Turtle Wax Rinse Free Cleaner to deep clean your vehicle’s exterior and remove any stubborn dirt or stains.
Next, apply a long-lasting car wax, such as ICE premium Liquid Wax, to all metal, plastic and rubber surfaces of the exterior to protect against road salt and snow.
Maintaining proper fluid levels is critical to keeping your car working properly during the winter. A common mistake is forgetting to replace or top-off summer windshield wiper fluid with a winter blend that will not freeze when the temperature drops.
Check your antifreeze and oil levels to prevent internal damage to your car, and keep your gas tank at least halfway full to help prevent gas line freeze. Winter prep should also include an oil change.
Prepare the Interior
Winter elements can also cause damage to the inside of your car. To prevent tracked-in mud, slush and snow from staining your interior, prep your vehicle with protective floor mats and clean with an interior product, such as ICE Total Interior Care, which creates a protective barrier against stains.
Also, be sure to remove any water-based products in containers that can freeze and crack, as well as any unnecessary items that can weigh down your car and lower fuel efficiency.
Always Be Prepared
Winter can be unpredictable, so don’t wait for the first snow to fall to put the ice scraper and snow shovel in the car. Keep an emergency winter kit in the trunk in case of an accident or other bad weather situation. Recommended emergency items include a small first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, gloves, shovel, and road flares.