4 Tips for Winter Car Preps

Dec 21, 2015, 07:42 AM by Team SI
Christmas is this week, and we can’t wait to open presents, get together with loved ones and celebrate the joy of the holiday season. If you’re traveling for the holidays (or in the coming months), shouldn’t you be prepared just in case the weather outside gets frightful? This doesn’t just mean getting a new winter coat or new boots for you and the family. Your car needs some winter gear, too. Discount Auto Glass has you covered with a quick list of some essentials you need to prepare for potential frigid weather.

jeep in the winterGet your car checked out:
Before the snow starts falling, you’ll want to make sure your car’s parts are all in working order. The cold weather can make your car’s battery way less effective, especially if it doesn’t have a lot of life left. If your car’s battery is more than three years old, experts recommend getting it checked, and if need be, replaced. You don’t want to get stuck out in the cold, literally. You should also make your car’s winter functions, such as the defrost and heater, are in good working order. Your typical commute to work can get mighty chilly without a heater to keep you warm! If your car is up for an oil change, ask your mechanic to give your vehicle a once-over just to see if it’s in top shape for the wintery months.

ice scraperBuy ice supplies:
An ice scraper is a must when the temperatures get below 32 degrees. There’s quite a selection when it comes to picking an ice scraper you like. There are heated ice scrapers, scrapers with gloved handles to keep your hands warm and some simpler models that still get the job done. Depending on how fancy you get can impact how much you’ll spend; but the basic models can be a cheap as $0.99! Drivers can also invest in liquid de-icer to spray on the pesky frost before you get started scraping, or add some de-icing windshield wiper fluid to your vehicle’s washer reservoir.

It’s always better to be prepared than to get stuck in a burdensome situation with no way out. You never know when you might get caught in a winter storm and stranded on the road. Keep a few blankets, some food and water in your car in case you get stuck for a long period of time while you’re waiting for help to arrive. It also wouldn’t hurt to keep an extra cell phone charger in your car to make sure you’ll be able to call for help if you need it.

Check your windows and windshield:
Even the slightest little chip in your windshield can cause the crack to spread if there is a drastic drop in temperature. That little crack can turn into a big problem in a hurry. If you see a tiny chip in your windshield, the key is to get it taken care of before it spreads, and get to Discount Auto Glass quick.

Don’t get caught in the cold this winter. Keep these tips in mind when packing up for winter travels. Should any problems arise with your windshield or car windows, give us a call at (501) 377-9597 or stop by any of our locations for help.

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