How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

How to Prepare Your Car for WinterWinter is bearing down on us... is your car ready? There are a few important things you can do to ensure that your vehicle will be able to operate smoothly in the cold, snowy and all around wintery conditions that seem to envelope our neck of the woods for a few months of the year. Read this this quick guide, and if you need any assistance with these tasks or others, don't hesitate to ask!


With the increased precipitation it is critical that your car's windshield wipers are working properly. If they currently smear rain and snow, rather than remove it, it's time for new ones!

Oil Change

Is your vehicle up to date with oil changes? If not, now is the time to do it. Fresh oil will help ensure that your car's engine remains properly lubricated, no matter how low the temperature dips.


If you can, it'd be wise to install winter tires on your car. At the very least, ensure that the tires on your vehicle are not balding, cracking or due for replacement. Good tread is necessary for proper traction.


Since the days are shorter it is important that all of your lights are working at all times. This means replacing burnt out headlights, tail lights, blinkers, parking lights, reverse lights and brake lights.

General Auto Maintenance

Be sure that your vehicle is up to date with all its general maintenance needs. Putting off maintenance greatens the chances of a breakdown, which means that you could end up stuck in the snow waiting for a tow truck.

Safety Kit & Kitty Litter

To ensure that you're prepared for anything, it is smart to put together a safety kit. In this kit you should have breakdown supplies, such as road triangles and flares, as well as a first aid kit. You should also carry kitty litter, as pouring some around your tires if you're stuck in snow can help provide traction to get moving.

As you prepare your car for winter it may be necessary to visit an auto shop for additional services. If you would like help with winter auto maintenance in Stevens Point head to Auto Select Express. Our auto maintenance experts are ready to help you! Give us a call at (715) 341-1576 to schedule auto maintenance in Stevens Point or stop by today!

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