3 Step Winter Prep: Your Guide to Driving in a Winter Wonderland

This holiday season, our team at Flying Ace Express Car Wash is dedicated more than ever to you and your vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together this short checklist to help you make sure not only that your car is looking fresh and running smoothly all Winter long, but also to help make sure you stay safe in case anything unexpected happens!

Check Under the Hood

This is your first and most proactive step for Winter driving. Getting stranded on the side of the road is bad enough, but getting stranded on the side of the road when you can see your own breath is the worst (not to mention extremely dangerous!). Before you find yourself in that position, take the time for some basic maintenance. Check the tire pressure, heater, fluids, wiper blades, etc. Don’t take anything for granted here. It’s never a bad idea to take your car to a reputable mechanic for a full check up before the coldest months of the year.

It’s More Than Mechanical

Breaking down on the side of the road isn’t the only way you can get yourself stuck. If you don’t properly maintain your car’s appearance, you may get stuck in the money department down the road. If you need to sell or trade in your car in the future, a large part of the resale or trade-in value will be determined by your car’s appearance. Is the paint dull or does it still have some shine? Is the interior worn and cracked or does it look like it’s been taken care of? The outside elements, as well as road treatment chemicals, can wreak havoc on your car’s paint job. Likewise, extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can cause your interior to look damaged and neglected. Waxing the paint and treating the interior can go a long way to making sure your car maintains its value for the long haul.

Prepare for the Worst

When driving in Winter, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. First, always keep your gas tank at least half full during Winter weather so that if you find yourself far away from a gas station or stuck in the snow, you have plenty of time left to figure out a plan while you’re still able to use your car’s heater.

Second, it never hurts to do your research and make sure you know how to do common things like changing a spare tire. On days or nights when the weather is really bad, make sure someone always knows where you are going in case your phone dies or you lose service.

Lastly, always have an emergency kit stored in your car which includes things like:

  • jumper cables
  • flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • road flares
  • windshield scraper
  • small shovel
  • energy bars or nuts
  • Matches
  • pocket knife
  • a couple blankets
  • extra hats, gloves, and scarves
  • first aid kit
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter

A kit like this is good to have any time of the year really, but it’s important to make sure you’re extra ready for the winter. In the unfortunate event that anything bad happens, you’ll be thankful you did!

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