Temperatures are getting lower. Mornings are getting colder. Before you know it, you’ll be hearing reports about freezing temperatures and icy roads. Winter weather may look pretty on a postcard, but it’s certainly not fun to drive in on your way to work or to drop off the kiddos at school. You definitely don’t want to get stranded on the side of the road when temperatures drop. 

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Here are a few tips to help you prepare your vehicle for the cold months ahead:   


#1 It’s time for a tune up.

Regardless of weather conditions, regular vehicle maintenance is extremely important to keep your car at peak performance all year long. But falling temperatures can mean extra temperature changes, which make it particularly important to check that your car is in working order. For example, make sure you check the level of your windshield wiper fluid. You’ll want to make sure if it’s full in the event there’s snow in the forecast. You may also want to switch to winter-grade oil as oil viscosity is affected by cold temperatures.


#2 Check your tires.

When temperatures drop, so does the air pressure in your tires. You may have noticed that the tire pressure light comes on if your car is parked outside when a cold front descends overnight. In fact, tires can lose pressure at a rate of around one pound per 10°F. Fortunately, we’re not likely to see too much severe winter weather here in Greensboro, but it’s still important to check your tires are properly inflated. Low tire pressure can dangerously impact your car’s handling.


#3 Check your lights.

Every day, night seems to come sooner and sooner. We’re only a few days away from December 21’s winter solstice, the darkest day of the year, but it will still be a while before we see a sunset after 7pm. In the meantime, make sure you check the outside of your car to check if your headlights are working properly. Now is the time to clean the lenses of your exterior lights and replace any burnt-out bulbs.   


Winter weather can become dangerous before you see your first snow flake. As long as you take the steps to prepare your car for the cold temperatures, you and your vehicle will be ready to handle the chilly months ahead.

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