Is Your Yonkers Vehicle Ready for Winter?
With winter upon us, we’re facing snowstorms, black ice, rain, hail, sleet, and more. In order to keep yourself, your family, and everyone else on the road as safe as possible, it’s vital to ensure your Yonkers vehicle is ready to withstand all types of weather and hazards you may encounter on the roads during these next several months. All of us at Yonkers Automall did the hard work for you and put together a guide to help you prep your vehicle!
First and foremost, your tires. While all-season tires claim to be tough enough to withstand the harshest of winters, they’re truly meant for spring, summer, and fall. Invest in a pair of true winter tires. This is your best bet at avoiding slipping and sliding on the road, as they’re able to provide the correct amount of traction necessary to traverse harsh winter roads.
Next up, your battery. If it’s older than four years old, you’ll want to start looking into getting a new one. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and avoid a break down in the middle of the road. You’ll also want to check our fluids. Be sure to avoid replacing windshield fluid with plain water, as it will freeze up and be of no use to you when you need to clean your windshield. Look for fluid rated for -30 to -40 degrees C. You should also get your coolant checked as well as an oil change if you haven’t done so within the year.
When it comes to visibility, it’s important to do everything you can to ensure you’re able to see and others are able to see you as well. Replace the rubber parts of your wiper blades rather than the entire arm to save time and money. If your headlights are cloudy, you’ll either want to replace them entirely or try to polish them, and it’s important to remember to leave your lights on at all times.
Investing in interior mats is a great way to protect the inside of your car. Salt on the roads means salt inside your car, which causes rust and stains. It’s nearly impossible to remove that crunchy layer of dried salt once it dries in your carpets.
Protecting your exterior and doors is also wise during the brutal winter months. Having your car professionally oil sprayed will help cut down on rust buildup and prevent it from damaging your car severely during just one winter. The oil can stain driveways as it drips afterward, so be mindful of where you park. Applying lube to the rubber seals around your doors and windows will help prevent them from drying out and cracking in the icy air, making it easier to open and close doors and seal windows completely.
Last but not least, always be prepared for an emergency. Keep a kit on hand that includes necessities like a blanket, flares, flashlight, protein bars and snacks, bottled water, gloves, and a basic first aid kit.
Yonkers Automall is proud to be your premier destination for all pre-owned makes and models in the Yonkers, NY area. Call us today at 855-700-9198 to schedule a test drive or visit our lot located at 1716 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. We look forward to seeing you!