Getting Your Car Ready for Snow

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

Is Your Car Ready for Snow? Is Your Car Ready for Denver’s Snowy Season?

Driving in the snow. That is something we all face living here in Colorado. Even in just the Denver area, where we typically have snow one day and it is gone the next, we still have to be prepared. So, as your auto body repair team, we put together a checklist of things to consider when getting your car ready for snow.

Getting Your Car Ready for Snow Checklist

Check your Wiper Blades Before It Snows

Wiper blades should be checked and even replaced before winter driving season really sets in. After all, in the summer heat, those wiper blades get dried out and can crack. Replacing your wiper blades is fairly easy and simple as most big box stores like Target and Walmart carry blades for most makes and models of vehicles.

Fill your Wiper Fluid

Wiper fluid also needs to be filled. You do not want to be driving up to Vail and going over the pass and learn that you have no wiper fluid. And, yes, use actual wiper fluid and not water as it can freeze in the reservoir or on the windshield. Some wiper fluids are a special mix that also have a de-icing blend that can help remove ice from your windshield.

Consider Snow Tires

Snow tires are something you may want to consider when getting your car ready for snow and winter. But, that will largely depend on your car and its drive system. If you have an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive vehicle that has some good all-terrain tires, you may not need snow tires. But, if you have a more traditional front-wheel drive sedan that you plan on driving in the mountains, you will need snow tires or even chains according to the Colorado Winter Driving Law. But, if you are just going to be around town and don’t take routes that are particularly hilly, you may be able to just get away with some good all-terrain tires. Just make sure you have adequate tread.

Your Anti-Freeze Mixture

You should aim for a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water inside your radiator. This will help prevent the mixture from freezing, especially if we get hit with those ridiculously cold, week-long polar vortexes such as we had a couple of years ago.

Get your Battery Checked Before the Cold Weather Hits

Check your battery and ensure the posts are corrosion-free. If your battery is older than three years old, you may want your service shop to check its ability to hold a charge.

Be Prepared for a Snow Related Emergency

Prepare an emergency kit for each of your cars. It should include blankets for all passengers, water, and food. You will also want to make sure you have the following items:

  • Shovel to help dig out your car
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire gauge
  • Flashlight
  • Wipe fluid
  • Tire chains (especially for the small cars)
  • First aid kit
  • Paper towels
  • Tool kit
  • Flares
  • Kitty litter or sand in case you need extra traction

How to Use This Information

While we all have to face driving in the snow every now and then, we hope that taking a little time will help you feel safer on the road. As always, if you encounter a need for repair as result of snow driving gone bad, we are here to help. Call us at 303-344-2212 or schedule an estimate appointment online.

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