5 Tips To Prepare Your Car For Winter

November 12th, 2018 by

As much as we hate to think about it, the freezing temps, blowing snow and icy roads that we know so well in Minnesota are right around the corner. Check out these 5 simple, practical tips to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter season.

1. Pack a winter survival kit

There is no good way to predict when and where you will be when your vehicle stops functioning properly, or when unexpected weather will hit leaving you stranded. Having an emergency supply kit in your car will not only give you peace of mind while traveling, but it may also save your life. Make sure to include the following when putting together your survival kit: Warm clothes and blankets, food and water, a lighter, compact shovel, first aid kit, jumper cables, tire chains, a flashlight, spare batteries, and always try to keep your gas tank full.

2. Check and maintain fluids in your vehicle

Taking a few minutes to regularly check your vehicle’s fluids can help prevent wear and tear on the engine, especially during harsh Minnesota winters. Reference your vehicle’s owner manual to ensure you are using the specified oil type, antifreeze, and transmission fluid. When in doubt, reach out to one of our Certified Service Technicians at Toyota Bloomington to help walk you through any questions you may have regarding your vehicle’s maintenance.

3. Install winter tires on your vehicle

Having the correct set of tires for your driving conditions could decrease the amount of time it takes your vehicle to stop. All-season tires and summer performance tires harden up in the winter due to the cold temperatures, decreasing your traction, even on dry roads. Winter tires, on the other hand, are made to remain softer, allowing you to maintain better control of your vehicle even in slippery conditions. For help on selecting the best tires for your vehicle visit our Toyota Tire Center.

4. Let others know where you are going

One of the easiest and cheapest precautions you can take when traveling in the winter is to let friends and family know when you will be leaving, the route you plan to take, and when they should expect you to arrive. In the event of being stranded with no cell phone reception, people will at least have an idea of where you are and be able to send help.

5.Keep up on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance

The best way to avoid dangerous situations involving your vehicle is to take the necessary actions to prevent them in the first place. Regular checkups with a Certified Service Technician will help identify problems that need to be fixed in the early stages before they grow into a more serious problem. While getting your vehicle serviced regularly is important, finding a service team you can trust is also crucial. Here at Walser Toyota, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide you with the level of care your car, truck, SUV, or van deserves. Whether you’ve come for a simple oil change, an overnight list of maintenance procedures, or a full set of glass and collision repair, the Walser team is here for you. Stop in and speak with one of our professionals or schedule a time to service your vehicle today.