No matter the time of year, routine car maintenance is crucial for optimal safety and performance behind the wheel. This is especially true in winter, though, when unpredictable weather can create potentially hazardous conditions. With a little bit of planning and preparation, there is no reason why you can't stay confident on the road all winter long. Follow these simple winter car care tips and get ready to tackle the cold like a pro.


Keeping your car's tires in good condition is one of the best ways to get your vehicle ready for winter driving. Cold temperatures can cause the air in tires to compress, leading to under-inflation. Because of this, it's important to make a habit of checking in on tire pressure. Additionally, it's always a good idea to invest in a dedicated set of winter tires which stay durable and achieve excellent traction even when the temperature drops below freezing.


Cooler weather puts additional strain on your car's battery, so it's important to have your car's battery tested before winter officially arrives. This can be done at home with the proper tools or easily at a dealership with a trained technician.


In addition to maintaining a regular oil-change schedule, you should consider switching to a winter-grade motor oil as winter approaches. Winter-grade oils have a lower viscosity and perform better when cold weather causes regular motor oil to thicken up.


Good stopping power is integral to staying safe on the road when snow, ice, and cold weather make driving potentially hazardous. If your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or not working as effectively as they once did, you should have them inspected before winter arrives.

You can get all of the components of your car inspected here at Mike Raisor Auto Group.


Good visibility is extremely important when driving in winter, so you should always inspect your car's windshield wipers in fall. If your car's wipers are bent, cracked, or just not working like they used to, you should replace them now before it's too late.


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