900 × 600The winter season is coming, and it's essential to prepare for the weather changes. One of those things is how better to maintain your car during this time of year! There are a few tips that will help keep your vehicle running smoothly, and our team at Jody Wilkinson Acura have decided to cover them here:

{C}1. Make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid so that you can use it as needed, but don't overfill the reservoir! It may freeze if there isn't room for expansion or contraction.

{C}2. Give yourself extra time before hitting the road because cars take longer to stop on snowy roads; also, make sure you're driving at slower speeds than usual!

{C}3. {C}Check your tire pressure, and make sure that you have a complete set of winter tires to switch out when the temperature drops. 

{C}4. {C}Always keep an emergency kit in your car in case you get stranded; some items you may want to include are blankets, food, water, and a first aid kit.

{C}5. Get your car's oil changed! In winters, oil tends to thicken, so you need to use a brand that doesn't. While we are on the subject, check your car's oil levels regularly as well.

{C}6. {C}Be sure to clean your car's air filter and windshield thoroughly before hitting the road. This will ensure that you're not using dirty filters, which can reduce gas mileage and ultimately increase costs! 

{C}7. {C}Do NOT forget to use an anti-freeze coolant if you can. This miracle solution prevents water (in the engine's cooling system) from freezing.

{C}8. {C}For the sake of your car's battery, always try to park in a garage or other covered area whenever possible. This will help protect it from extreme heat and cold temperatures. In fact, if you don't have access to such an area, keep your vehicle out of direct sunlight as much as possible!

{C}9. {C}Don't neglect to charge your battery, especially if you don't drive as much as during the warmer months. Charging your car's battery regularly will ensure it always starts when you need it. Also, replace the battery every three years or sooner if it causes trouble.

{C}10. Every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first, a service is typically advised. However, consult your owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended servicing schedule because each vehicle type is unique.

Bonus Tip:

Finally, to make sure your prized vehicle is in tip-top shape this winter and all year round, bring it down to the professionals at Jody Wilkinson Acura, serving at Herriman, UT so we can give it the care it needs. Schedule your car service today!

That pretty much sums up our winter car maintenance tips! Have a safe and warm winter, everyone!
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