Quick Tips for Winterizing Your Car

Winter is here, and that means that it's time to start getting your car ready for the long, cold months ahead. Fortunately, winterizing your car is a fairly easy process that you can complete in just a few days, and it's well worth the time. Being prepared for winter can mean the difference between getting home and sitting by the fireplace and spending an evening stuck on a cold shoulder.

The U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles has a comprehensive list of the things you need to do to get ready for colder months. One tip you might not think of straight away is keeping a tube of glycerine handy in case you need to de-ice frozen door handles in a pinch. Bringing a tube with you to the office or keeping one at home can come in handy if you find yourself locked out.

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Also important is having a fully-stocked emergency kit, which should include but not be limited to:

Flares, blankets, snow boots, fresh socks, jacket, radio, fully-charged cell phone battery, back-up cell phone, engine oil, washer fluid, coolant, flashlight, jack, spare tire, and so on.

The DMV also recommends supplying your vehicle with snow tires, using windshield washer fluid with an antifreeze solution, topping off engine coolant and oil, and ensuring that your battery is up to snuff on all fronts. Should you need any help with these aspects of winterization, simply bring your ride to Lake Keowee Ford and our Service Department should have you ready for the road in no time.