How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter tires

Our Orland Park winters can be a tough time for your car. The cold weather, snow, and ice can put a strain on your vehicle’s components and make it more difficult to drive safely. That’s why it’s important to take some time to winterize your car before the cold weather hits. Our service center wants to help keep your car running in top shape, so let’s look at some winter car prep tips to help you keep your car running smoothly and safely all season long. You can contact us with any questions.



How to Prepare Your Car for Winter – Simple Steps

There are some simple things every Tinley Park driver can do to get their car ready for the winter. Here are some winter car prep tips:

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

  • Check your tires. Make sure your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated. You may also want to consider switching to snow tires if you live in an area with heavy snowfall.
  • Change your oil and antifreeze. Have your oil and antifreeze changed according to your manufacturer’s recommendations. This will help to keep your engine running smoothly and prevent your antifreeze from freezing.
  • Inspect your battery. Cold weather can make it harder for your battery to start your car. Have your battery tested by a mechanic to make sure it’s in good condition.
  • Check your lights. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working properly. This is especially important in the winter when it’s dark earlier and drivers may have difficulty seeing each other.
  • Top off your gas tank. Try to keep your gas tank at least half full, especially if you’re going to be traveling in cold weather. This will help to prevent condensation from forming in your tank and freezing.

Other Winter Car Prep Tips

Here are some other things to keep in mind when preparing your car for winter:

Winter Car Prep Tips

  • Slow down and leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. It takes longer to stop on slippery roads.
  • Avoid sudden braking and acceleration. This can cause your car to skid.
  • Turn your steering wheel smoothly. Avoid making sudden turns.
  • If you start to skid, take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction of the skid. Don’t slam on the brakes.

Mazda of Orland Park Can Help

Visit Mazda of Orland Park If you need help prepping your car for winter. Our experienced service technicians can inspect your car and perform any necessary maintenance to ensure that it’s ready for the cold weather. We also offer a wide variety of winter tires and accessories to help you stay safe on the road. We’re just down the road from Homer Glen, so stop by or schedule an appointment today.


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