Winterizing Your Vehicle

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Driving in certain conditions can be dangerous due to winter elements like snow and ice. It is important to stay prepared for any of these conditions, including heavy rain fall. Here in Washington, we are no strangers to driving in rain, but when it comes to snow and ice, we all should take these easy and fairly cheap ways to stay ahead of the weather.

• Install winter wipers 
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• Winter/snow tires
• Keep washer fluid full winter safety kit
• Service regularly • Maintain tire pressure
• Keep gas tank full

Getting your car serviced regularly is extremely important so you do not experience any unwanted surprises. The winter can pose many challenges for you and your car, but if you come into the season prepared, you can expect a stress free experience. Start by checking your battery. Batteries tend to decrease in power in colder temperatures. Next, check all your cooling systems and make sure you have all the necessary fluids to prevent against corrosion and freezing. One of the biggest tips we can provide is to always check your brakes. Whether it is snow, ice, rain, or even sun brakes are a main component to staying safe on the road year round. Ensure that your vehicle is performing at its best. As for your belts, hoses, spark plugs, wires and cables, these are a sensitive part of your car that can go bad year round. However, take the steps to replace and fix them now so you are not stranded in the cold.

Having winter tires is an extreme, necessary precaution to take for this season. Although all weather tires would work just as well, for maximum performance, snow and winter tires are your best bet. For the best grip in freezing temperatures, installing winter tires designed to resist cold temperatures and provide the best traction control.

Image result for winterizing your vehicleIf you have never heard of winter wipers, then we suggest you learn! These blades will come in handy to prevent ice from collecting. Replacing and topping off all your car fluids are a significant step in winterizing your vehicle. Without even realizing it, your car can exhaust a large amount of fluids. Just as well, keeping at least a half tank of gas will ensure that you will never be stranded. A full gas tank will reduce the risk of the tank producing condensation which can freeze in cold temperatures. Last but certainly not least; this is a friendly reminder that keeping a safety kit in your car is always a wise idea. Packed full of supplies for emergencies like matches, first aid, flares, flashlights, jumper cables, sand, and warm clothes will warrant for a peace of mind and a comfortable ride. At any of your local Larson dealerships, you will find a friendly staff that will help you with all your winterizing service needs. Give us a call at 888-400-6358 to schedule an appointment with us!