The cold weather is on our doorstep, time to pull out the cold weather gear! If you’re hitting the road this winter, we’ve thawed out our coziest car care tips to prepare your car so you can get through the season with “snow” problems.
Complete a Check-Up
Before the cold sets in, check your car to ensure everything is in tip-top shape. Ensure your tire pressure, fluid levels, and heating systems are ready for winter conditions. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall and icy conditions, consider investing in new tires with extra traction for winter, or snow chains that you can keep on hand. Need some assistance? A mechanic can perform an inspection so there are no icy issues.
Cozy your Car Up
Expecting snow with a car parked in the elements? Get prepped before the big storm to make your next trip easier. Consider raising your windshield wipers to prevent them from freezing to the windshield, or if you’re concerned about leaving them up you can also cover the blades with socks, just don’t forget to remove them later! If brushing your windshield off after a big storm is your least favorite chore, then try covering it with a tarp. You can use a regular all-weather tarp, or purchase a specialty snow and ice covering like this one, which is designed to hook around your side mirrors and be easily removed in the morning.
Craft a Cuddly Kit
Before you hit the road, make sure you have the essentials for the season! Pack an emergency car winter kit with gloves, a shovel, snow scraper, and brush so you can ride with ease, and if you live in an area known for its deep freezes, keep some hand sanitizer with you; you can use it to thaw a frozen lock! Learn how here. Most importantly, don’t forget to pack the snowy day secret weapon: cat litter! Spreading litter under the tires can help your car gain traction so you can maneuver your car out of a tough spot with ease.
Cover Your Car
Expecting a deluge? Don’t get stuck digging out your car this winter. Avoid the snow by booking covered parking with SpotHero. Filter your search by Garage → Covered to find a snug spot for your car.
Stay cozy and happy parking!