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How to Prep a Car for Winter

Winter Emergency Triangle

It may feel like summer was only yesterday, but now the winter months are in full force in most of the country! Winter is wonderful for things like ski trips and snowball fights, but it also brings freezing temperatures, icy roads, and other dangers you should be aware of if you drive a vehicle. If you live in an area that gets hit with winter conditions like snowstorms and cold snaps, it’s important that you keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. Fortunately, the service team at Stuckey Ford Bellefonte has put together a guide outlining how to get your car ready for winter. Check it out, and feel free to contact our office with any questions!


Winter Car Maintenance Checklist 

Check Everything

The first step to getting your car ready for winter actually occurs before the weather gets too cold – you’ll want to head to a service center and make sure everything in your vehicle is running properly. Since the winter months bring harsh road conditions with them, you want to make sure that your vehicle’s battery, headlights, brake lights, and windshield wipers are all performing in the best condition possible.

Create an Emergency Prep Kit

Even if you limit your winter driving to State College and you don’t plan on taking any road trips, you should have an emergency prep kit inside your vehicle just in case you run into trouble. The kit should include the following at a minimum:

  • Winter clothes, including boots and gloves
  • Shovel and ice scraper
  • Batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Thermal blanket
  • Nonperishable food
  • Sand or kitty litter 
  • Flares

Regularly Test and Maintain

Finally, there are some DIY inspections you should do throughout the winter months to make sure everything is working properly under the hood and inside the cabin. These are the three most important components you should keep tabs on:

  • Tire pressure: Your vehicle’s tire pressure is affected by the temperature, and cold weather can cause your tires to lose pressure rapidly. It’s a good idea to regularly monitor your tire pressure since low-pressure tires can open you up to hazards on the State College roads. 
  • Gasoline and other fluids: If you don’t keep your vehicle’s fluids topped off, excess water can leak into your vehicle and freeze. Make sure that your vehicle’s gasoline, coolant (antifreeze), brake fluid, and wiper fluid are always at full capacity.
  • Defroster and heater: These are two of the most essential systems your vehicle has in the winter months: the heater keeps the cabin warm, while the defroster keeps the windshield clear. Be sure to regularly test both of them throughout winter to make sure they’re working properly.

Keep Up With Stuckey Ford Bellefonte for More Winter Car Tips!

If you need to come in for a service inspection ahead of the winter months, go ahead and schedule an appointment on our website! We’ll take it from there and get you safely back on the Clearfield roads in no time. You can also contact us with any questions about these winter car tips, and a member of our team will be happy to help you. If you’re looking to save on your next service appointment, check out our service specials!


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