No matter what part of the country you live in, winter weather can wreak havoc on your car. Even if temperatures don’t hit freezing, it’s important to make sure your car is protected during the cold winter months. Taking the right precautions could save you from hefty bills or accidents in the future. These tips will keep your car rolling smoothly and looking good through the cold.
- Wash Your Car Regularly
Winter weather can be tough on our car. Road salt, dirt, and water can leave unwanted marks. Salt and debris can stick to your car during chilly temperatures, leaving impurities and harmful deposits behind. This is why it’s important to get into the habit of washing your car regularly during colder months. Prevention is better than a cure, and if you regularly wash your car while it’s cold, you are preventing any future paint damage or other issues with the exterior. Also, consider maintaining your ceramic coating to prevent irritants from seeping into your paint job.
2. Keep Your Car Protected
When the weather turns cold, it’s time to add an extra layer of protection between your car and unwanted debris. Caliber Car Wash has a free “Caliber Ceramic Coating” technology that can extend your car’s paint job by making it more resistant to harmful elements. In the winter, that can mean ice, salt, road buildup, and more. Left untreated, winter grime can lead to rust or corrosion in areas that are difficult to spot.
3. Remember Your Interior
It can be easy to forget the inside of your vehicle, especially when the temperatures drop to freezing. However, it’s equally as important to pay attention to the inside of your car! Excess dirt and water can get trapped inside and cause issues with stubborn stains or even mold. Consider trying express mat cleaners, available for free at Caliber, that can keep your mats looking fresh in just a few seconds. Caliber also offers free vacuums and detailing air with all wash packages to help you get debris out of hard-to-reach places.
4. Keep Up with Regularly Scheduled Maintenance
This is one of the most basic, yet most important, aspects of keeping your car protected during cold weather. Skipping your routine oil change and check-up could mean an expensive bill down the road. You’ve most likely already invested thousands of dollars into your vehicle, so it’s important to maintain it properly. Routine checks extend the life of your vehicle and reduce repair costs in the future. This will also keep your car in top condition and increase safety during the winter months.
5. Check Your Battery
Avoid the dreaded feeling of a dead car battery by being proactive. A fully charged battery in good condition is a must during the winter months. The cold can put more stress on your battery, especially if you park outside or leave your car outside for long periods of time. Head to a local repair shop and test out your battery and make sure it’s in good shape. You never want to worry about being stranded on a frozen road with a car that won’t start.
6. Create a Survival Kit
Emergencies can happen to anyone. The important thing is that you are prepared with a car “survival kit” that will make sure you have anything you need if an emergency happens. The things you can add to your survival kit include blankets, a flashlight, batteries, an ice scraper, bottled water, snacks, a first-aid kit, and road flares.
7. Test Your Lights and Windshield Wipers
When temperatures drop, that means there is less daylight- especially on your commute home. This means you want to do everything you can to make sure your lights are working correctly. If a bulb is out or foggy, consider getting it replaced. Windshield wipers are also extremely important in chilly temperatures. Snow, rain, and fog can decrease visibility tremendously, so it’s essential to test them before heading out on the road.
8. Make sure your tires are in good condition
If you live in an area that gets snow or ice during the winter, it might be time to consider winter tires. Winter tires can provide improved traction, keeping you from spinning out in snow or ice. If you want to keep your regular tires year-round, it’s crucial to stay on top of your tire pressure. Tire pressure can drop with the temperature. This is because the air inside the tire condenses when it’s cold, taking up less space. Driving around with low tire pressure could cause premature wear, increased stopping time, and poor fuel economy.
If you need any tips or tricks on how to keep your car clean during the winter, feel free to stop by one of our locations and our Caliber staff will explain which wash is best for your vehicle and answer any questions you have on our detailing tools.