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When it’s Cold, remember to Warm up your Car


Cold weather and temperatures can do damage to the vehicle. This can range from parts cracking, to fluid levels becoming low, to even the tires going flat within days. When the temps are cold, tires can lose as much as one psi per each ten degree drop in temperature. If you leave your vehicle for a few days, you may come back to notice a tire is extremely low. It is important to fill the tire with the proper air pressure. Doing so will help prevent it from blowing out, or even damaging the rims of the vehicle. If this happens frequently, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tire for any damage it might have.

Warm up the vehicle

To help clear the windshield and side windows, it is recommended to start your vehicle. Putting the heat on defrost will help to warm it up. This makes it easier for scraping and clearing the windshield before you drive. At the same time, make sure to check the wipers of the vehicle. If they are frozen, try to jar them loose so they are easy to operate and the motor does not burn out. You will want to clear off all the snow and ice so you have the best visibility possible. Also warming up the vehicle will help to get the interior warm and comfortable when you drive.

You will want to hit any bumps or drifts at a slower speed. The cold weather can make the vehicle become more brittle. If you hit something at a faster speed, there is an increased risk of something break or crack on it. Also some drifts might be soft with power snow, while others may not be. As always, make sure to slow down and take your time on slick roads as well.

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