How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter
Don’t Skip the Winter Prep!
Winter in Montana is just about here… even though we technically have over a month until winter truly starts. Soon each night will be below freezing, snow storms will come through, and the roads are going to be slick to drive on. Is your vehicle ready?
As your choice for auto body repairs in Billings, we want to make sure that you’re being as safe as possible on the roads. So we have put together a list of what you need to do before the temperatures drop even more. They’re simple tips that will help you arrive safely, and not have to bring your vehicle in for collision repairs!
Be Prepared with a Trunk Emergency Kit
Throughout the year you should have some items in your vehicle that are tucked away in the trunk for emergencies. They’ll keep you safe, warm, fed, and hydrated in case you end up stuck for an extended period of time. You can check out the list on our trunk essentials post.
In the winter, you want to make sure that you have a folding shovel, a piece of carpet, and a backup ice scraper.
Have Your Fluids Checked and Topped Off
Fluids include more than your motor oil! You should have your vehicle inspected every time you get the oil changed (now is a good time to change it). Have any transmission fluids topped off, as well as check the brakes and anything else that requires lubes or fluids.
When you head to your vehicle in the morning and the thermometer says 15 below, will your rig start? If you have had it tuned it should!
Get Your Tires in Working Order
There are two considerations for your tires when it comes to winter driving: inflation and tread. If your tires are getting worn down, it’s a good time to replace them. New tires, with adequate tread, work so much better when there is some snow on the road.
On a cool morning, before you drive, check the tire pressure. Cold air takes up less space than warm air, so after driving your tires may read the right pressure, but as they cool they can be as much as 5 pounds under-filled. Top them off cold so they are the right level of inflation.
Swap Your Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid
You should be replacing your windshield wipers every 6 months or so. A good time is in the fall and the spring; before we enter two drastically different seasons. Most wiper blades are about $10 each, so it’s not going to break the bank to ensure that you can see!
While you’re replacing your wipers, you may want to replace the washer fluid as well. Many winter blends will stay liquid to well below zero; a perfect way to clear that little bit of frost off the windshield without resorting to frantic scraping.
Make Sure Your Battery is Working
Batteries work harder in extreme temperatures. When it’s really cold out, like first thing in the morning, they take a bit more to crank that car over. If your battery is nearing the end of its expected life (most last around 7 years), it could be too far gone to start the vehicle.
A dead battery is the pits. Replace it before you’re stuck somewhere.
Have Your Vehicle Detailed
A clean car is a safe car. Just like replacing your windshield wipers is recommended twice each year, it’s recommended that you have your vehicle detailed at least twice each year. Auto detailing in Billings, Montana is a great way to ensure that your vehicle has the protection it needs to last through the harsh winter months.
Big Sky Collision Center say to drive Safe!
As we work our way toward being the best auto repair shop in Billings, we want to make sure that you’re safe on the roads. Be prepared this winter, so you don’t end up injured or with a wrecked vehicle. If you do happen to get in an accident, give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we will get you back on the road safely.