How to Prep a Car for Winter

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Harsh weather can make your Salt Lake City drives more difficult even if you’ve been commuting the same way for a long time. Before winter is here, you will want to make sure your car is ready for the season, so you can continue running your errands. Learn winter car prep tips from the National Auto Plaza’s service center below, so you can be ready for the next season! 

Winter Car Prep Tips

Whether you’re going over to a grocery store in Draper for a quick run or you’re visiting family during the holiday season, you’ll be all set when your vehicle is in good condition. Here is how to prep a car for the winter: 

  • Check your battery: Before the weather changes, it’s a good idea to run a battery test as the chilly weather tends to make it harder for your car to start. Inspect the battery cables and terminals for cracks to see if you need a battery replacement. 
  • Check your tire pressure: You’ll probably notice your tires deflating at the start of the cold season. As the temperature drops, it’s a good idea to add regular pressure checks to your trips around South Salt Lake. Not only does improper inflation decrease your gas mileage, but it also fails to give you the necessary traction you need. 
  • Consider winter tires: For areas with heavier amounts of snow and ice, it’s a good idea to consider adding winter tires to your checklist. Winter tires add an improved grip, shorten your stopping distance, and provide you with increased control. 
  • Regular brake checks: It’s also a good idea to add regular brake inspections during this season. Wet roads and ice can cause rust to build up and reduce your brake performance.
  • Check your coolant levels: Ensure your engine is running smoothly by making sure you have enough coolant in your radiator. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual has the right coolant for your vehicle, and you can easily order it from the National Auto Plaza parts center. 
  • Change your oil: Another factor of your smooth engine performance during the winter months is your engine oil. Since motor oil naturally thickens in cold weather, it’s a good idea to start off the season off right by scheduling an oil change.
  • Fill your wiper fluid and replace the wiper blade: Salt and debris from the road can affect your visibility on Sandy roads. Consider freeze-resistant wiper fluid and heavy-duty wiper blades for the more harsh months. 
  • Keep the tank topped off: An empty tank allows moisture to build up and leads to diluted fuel and more strain on your vehicle’s fuel pump and other parts. 
  • Check your heater: Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to suffer during your daily commute. Make sure your heating system is functioning properly at the start of the winter season. 

Schedule Your Winter Service with National Auto Plaza!

You can get your car all prepared when you have National Auto Plaza’s help! Schedule your appointment today and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.


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