When fall gives way to winter in the Triangle, it’s important to be prepared for what’s ahead. Often, that means frigid temperatures, snow, and freezing rain. But don’t fret. With our winter maintenance tips, you can ensure your car, truck, or SUV is up for the task.

Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Car

Check your battery

When the temperature drops, it’s more difficult for your vehicle’s battery to perform at its optimum level. If you notice your car is tough to turn over during the summer months, then you could wake up one morning to find a dead battery waiting in your driveway. Getting your battery inspected, cleaned, or replaced prior to winter ensures a reliable start on weekday mornings and when you’re far from home.

Inspect the tires

It’s good practice to inspect your tires monthly to ensure proper tire pressure and tread depth. When the winter weather hits, checking them more often is better. Monitoring the air pressure lets you refill the tires to provide a smooth, reliable ride in inclement weather. Proper air pressure also helps the tires deliver their optimal traction.

Grab a penny and check the tread depth of your tires. Insert the penny with Abraham Lincoln’s head pointed toward the tire. If you see all of the President’s head, the tread has become too worn, and the tire needs to be replaced. Tires with low tread won’t be able to grip the road as well, which decreases your car’s stopping power.

Maintain visibility

Maintaining high visibility is crucial to staying safe, especially during shorter days and wet weather. By refilling your windshield washer fluid and keeping an extra bottle in the trunk, you’ll be able to keep your windshield clean and clear while traveling. If your wipers are squeaking or leaving streaks with every pass, you should swap them out for a new set.

Don’t forget to inspect your headlights and taillights, too. Turn on the lights in your driveway to see if any bulbs are out, and replace them if necessary. You can also clean and then apply wax the lenses of your headlights and taillights. Let the wax dry and buff it off. This slippery surface will keep ice from forming on the lamps while you drive.

Prepare for Winter Driving in Raleigh, NC

Schedule a service appointment at Thompson Buick GMC in Raleigh, North Carolina, today to get your vehicle ready for winter driving. You can also contact us if you need directions to our service center.