Ways to Prepare Your Car For Winter

Now that winter is almost here, it's time to prepare your car for winter driving. On top of the usual tips for handling a vehicle in the ice and snow such as keeping a greater distance from other vehicles than you otherwise would and not slamming on your brakes when you start to slide, you need to prepare your vehicle for the coming months. Here are five tips that will help you with that.

1. Prepare a Winter Survival Kit

Part of getting a car ready for the winter is making sure that you can survive if you ever find yourself stranded anywhere. A good winter survival kit should include at least a few heavy blankets, some extra warm clothes, road flares, a fully charged cell phone, a bag of sand or kitty litter to add traction to your tires, and some high-energy snacks such as beef jerky or nuts. Check on this survival kit every so often, and replace anything that isn't in good condition.

Ways to Prepare Your Car For Winter

2. Check Your Tires

You should be checking your tires periodically anyway to make sure they are properly inflated and that you have enough tread on them, but that is especially important during the winter. You will need all the traction you can get from your tires, so check them out and replace them if needed before the weather really gets out of hand.

3. Schedule a Tune-Up

If you haven't done so recently, contact us and schedule a tune-up for your car. Your entire vehicle will be working harder in the winter than during the spring and summer, and you need to make sure that it's up for the task of winter driving.

4. Check Your Battery

Since your car's battery will be working harder in the winter, it needs to be in good working order. It should have plenty of voltage, there shouldn't be any corrosion, and the terminal-to-post connections should be tight. If your battery isn't in good working order, consider getting a new one.

5. Top Off Your Coolant and Antifreeze

Finally, your radiator antifreeze should be topped off before the weather really starts to get cold. You should have a roughly 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water in your radiator in the winter. If you're unsure that you can get the mixture exactly right, it's safe to err on the side of the antifreeze.

For more information about how to prepare a vehicle for the winter weather or to schedule a tune-up for your own car, contact a service tech at BMW of Lincoln today.

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