How to keep your car running in cold weather

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 6:49 pm

It’s no secret that cold weather affects how well your vehicle runs. And although we can’t necessarily change the climate or temperature where we live, we can take extra steps and precautions for protecting our vehicle from the harsh elements. Keep reading to learn a few of our top tips and tricks for keeping your car running well in cold weather! 

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Three ways to take care of your car during winter 

Purchase snow tires 

A general guideline to follow is that if you live in a climate that is consistently below 40° F, you’ll want to consider purchasing a set of snow tires. When you buy a new vehicle, it comes equipped with all-season tires, which are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and last for a long time. However, they work best on dry roads and can quickly slip even with just a light dusting of snow. Snow tires have tread patterns that are designed to have traction on snow and ice, keeping you on the road rather than in the ditch. 

Keep an eye on tire pressure 

If you recently had a dashboard warning light in the shape of an exclamation point illuminate on your dashboard, you’re probably not alone. The symbol indicates that the Tire Pressure Monitoring System detected an incorrect tire pressure level, which is very common in cold weather. For every ten-degree drop in temperature, tire pressure drops about one pound, so it’s important to keep a close eye on tire pressure and adjust the pressure accordingly. 

Check fluids and battery 

It’s extremely important to keep your fluids topped off when it’s cold outside. If your gasoline gauge is nearing empty, your gas line is at risk of freezing, making it difficult to start your car. Additionally, road salt is often kicked up onto your windshield when following another vehicle, minimizing visibility. Make sure you have plenty of wiper fluid at all times to avoid a dangerous situation. Additionally, car batteries don’t function as well in the cold so we recommend having the battery inspected before brutal cold temperatures arrive. 

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Read more: 5 bad driving habits that may be affecting the life of your vehicle 

If you’re in need of a service to keep your vehicle running well during the cold months, feel free to stop in and see us at Matt Castrucci Honda or schedule a service appointment online today. Drivers with additional questions about how to properly take care of their Honda in cold weather are encouraged to contact our team today! 

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