No one likes waking up in the morning to a vehicle that's frosted over. Nevertheless, it's a very real problem for those who can't keep their vehicle in doors -- or who need to park their car outside at work. Besides lifting your car's windshield wipers, there are a few things you might want to do to prep your car for the season.
Wax Your Vehicle's Exterior
The winter weather brings with it a lot of salt in addition to ice. Salt will quickly cause damage to your vehicle if it's allowed to remain on your car's paint. Regular washing and waxing will give your vehicle a protective coating against the upcoming onslaught. Additionally, you should make sure that you get any scratches or dings repaired immediately -- they will leave your vehicle's body vulnerable to the elements.
Inflate Your Car's Tires
Low tire pressure leads to increased difficulty when handling a vehicle, and this can be incredibly dangerous when you're dealing with the slippery, wet roads of winter. Tires also tend to lose pressure during the winter chill. In addition to checking your tire pressure, you should coat your tire with a protective coating and have your tires both inspected and rotated.
Check Your Door and Window Trim
Just like homes have weather-stripping, vehicles rely upon the trim around their door and windows to keep the interior protected from the cold. Take some time to inspect the rubber trim around your vehicle's doors and windows to make sure that they're still in good condition. Otherwise water may leak into your car.
Replace Your Wiper Fluid
Your wiper fluid is likely to need a bit of a boost when it comes to the harsher months of winter. There are special "winterization" and cleaning chemicals that are made to be added to wiper fluid; these chemicals will also prevent the fluid from potentially freezing over when it gets too cold outside.
Preparing your car in advance for frosty weather isn't just important for your own convenience; it also reduces wear and potential damage on your vehicle. Still, the best thing you can do is to place your vehicle in an area where it will be less exposed to the elements; even if it's outside, it's best placed by a wall or an overhang. For more information about winter auto care, contact the experts at AA Auto Tech in Hastings, MN.
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