Posted by Zane Winberg on

One day you wake up and step outside and realize - it’s winter. You can see your breath in the air. The yellowed grass has a silvery shine of frost. The biting wind cuts right into your exposed skin. And even though it hasn’t snowed quite yet, you know it’s only a matter of time until it does.

At this point, the last thing you want to be doing is bundling up and huddling around your car in an icy driveway to get it ready for the seasonal challenges ahead. Prepare now in advance by winterizing your car BEFORE that brisk winter morning!

We have 10 easy tips for winterizing your car or truck, so give a few of these a try! 

1.    Check Your Tire Pressure - colder weather means less pressure in your tires. Get a tire gauge and learn to use it. If you think your tire pressure is low, get it filled or patched as soon as possible for your safety.

2.    Check Your Tire Tread - icy roads are ahead of you, and bald tires during a snowstorm can be a deadly combination. If your tire tread is low, it’s worth the expense to get new tires before that icy, wet road gets the better of you.

3.    New Wiper Blades - these are inexpensive and easy to replace, and new wiper blades make a big, big difference during a storm. 

4.    Clear Out Gear - you won’t need those camp chairs, umbrellas, or sports bags during the snowy months. Clean out your trunk of unnecessary junk.

5.    Top off Antifreeze - antifreeze keeps your radiator running smoothly without freezing and cracking during the subzero temperatures of winter. Check yourself or take it in for a quick tune up.

6.    Test Your Heat - Sometimes a car’s AC/heating unit dies out during a temperate season, and you don’t notice that it’s struggling until you really need some heat! Test it out now and get it fixed if necessary.

7.    Get a Snow Removal Kit - this might include an ice scraper, brush, heavy duty snow gloves, and a hat.

8.    Start Using a Fuel Additive - a simple fuel additive like CleanBoost Maxx can prolong the time between gas station trips and help your car run smooth, even in the coldest and rockiest parts of winter.

9.    Update your First Aid Kit - a first aid or emergency kit is absolutely essential, especially during winter months where crashes and stranded vehicles are more common. Be sure you have one!

10.  Oil Change & Tune Up - You won’t have time during the busy holiday season, so it makes sense to get an oil change and tune up now, even if you’re not yet due. It can’t hurt!


With these winterizing steps you can be certain your car is running in optimal condition all throughout the winter season. 

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