Cold weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle. Don't wait until it freezes - winterize your car or truck with these expert tips from Turtle Wax.
Check Tires: 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 coating such as Turtle Wax® Wet'N Black™ Ultra Wet Tire Shine to help repel winter elements for months!
Wax On, Winter Off: Winter weather can dull your car’s paint and shine, making it susceptible to rust and oxidation. To keep your vehicle clean and protected all winter long make sure to thoroughly wax your car before the cold weather hits.
For best results, wash your car with a product like Turtle Wax® ICE® Wash and follow with Turtle Wax® ICE® Liquid or Paste Wax to protect your vehicles surface from road salt and snow. Concentrate on the lower parts of your car such as behind the wheels, quarter panels, and front grille where ice, snow and salt hit hard and stay the longest.
Check Fluids: 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.
Make sure you’re not stranded in the cold with a car that won’t start. Use Marvel Mystery Oil® as an engine and fuel additive to promote better cold weather starting.
Care for Your Interior: Winter elements can also cause damage to the inside of your car. When tracked-in mud, slush and snow enter your car, prevent it from staining your interior and keep your floor mats clean, use Turtle Wax® Quick & Easy™ Interior 1 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner. 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.