Prevent Your Vehicle From Breaking Down This Winter

Preventing vehicle breakdowns during the winter is crucial for both safety and convenience. While Dean’s Wrecker Service can get you out of sticky situations with our auto towing service – we would rather provide some tips to help you avoid common issues and keep your vehicle in on the road during this cold winter months. Here are some ways to prevent your vehicle from breaking down this winter.

  1. Battery Check
    • Cold temperatures can affect battery performance. Have your battery tested to ensure it’s in good condition.
    • Clean the battery terminals and connections to prevent corrosion.
  2. Antifreeze/Coolant
    • Check and top up the antifreeze/coolant levels to prevent the engine from freezing.
    • Ensure the coolant mixture is appropriate for winter conditions.
  3. Tire Maintenance
    • Check tire pressure regularly, as it tends to drop in colder weather.
    • Consider switching to winter tires for better traction on snow and ice.
  4. Oil Change
    • Use the recommended winter-grade oil to ensure proper engine lubrication in colder temperatures.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for oil change intervals.
  5. Brake Inspection
    • Have your brakes inspected to ensure they are in good working condition.
    • Check brake fluid levels and top up if necessary.
  6. Heating System
    • Test the heating system to ensure it’s working efficiently.
    • Check the defroster and consider replacing the cabin air filter.
  7. Windshield Wipers and Fluid
    • Replace worn-out windshield wipers and ensure they can effectively clear snow and ice.
    • Use winter-grade windshield washer fluid to prevent freezing.
  8. Exhaust System
    • Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, as snow and ice can amplify the risk of carbon monoxide entering the vehicle.
  9. Emergency Kit
    • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, including items like a blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, and a basic tool kit.
    • Include items like a shovel and ice scraper for dealing with snow and ice.
  10. Fuel Level
    • Keep your fuel tank at least half full to prevent fuel line freezing.
    • This also provides a margin of safety in case you get stranded.
  11. Check Lights
    • Ensure all exterior lights are functioning properly.
    • Clean headlights and taillights to improve visibility.
  12. Drive Cautiously
    • Adjust your driving habits to accommodate winter conditions.
    • Increase following distances and reduce speed on icy or snowy roads.
  13. Stay Informed
    • Check weather forecasts before traveling and plan accordingly.
    • Be aware of road conditions and consider delaying travel if conditions are severe.

Regular maintenance and proactive measures can significantly reduce the risk of vehicle breakdowns during winter so take the time to prepare your vehicle for colder temperatures. Not only is it an investment in the longevity of your car but hopefully you can prevent having to call Dean’s for a tow during these cold winter months!


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