Winter Car Care Tips | Albertville AL | Near Huntsville and Guntersville

Taking care of your car during the colder months can be tricky at times. There are a lot of extra things to remember that don't come to mind when the weather is warmer.

It's important to us that our customers enjoy their driving experience as much as possible. That's why, here at Sand Mountain Toyota, we've provided a list of steps you can take during the winter to keep you and your car safe on the road.

5 Types of Winter Car Care

Battery

Make sure that your battery is in good shape for the colder months, as a bad battery will leave you stranded in the cold if it dies. Having a volt test performed on it will give you peace of mind or inform you that you need a new one.

Gasoline

Keeping your fuel tank mostly full will help you in the winter for several reasons. First, a full tank will keep water from freezing inside your fuel pump. Second, it could aid you in staying warm by permitting the engine to run if you ever get stuck.

Coolant

The coolant in your vehicle is extremely important, as it keeps the engine from freezing in colder temperatures. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Winter tires are usually more flexible during lower temperatures, which can supply better traction when you want to stop on cold pavement, even without snow. Additionally, tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your car is less predictable when your tires aren't inflated enough, so keeping up with your tire pressure is important.

Defroster

Don't want to be scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in working order.

Plus...

We strongly recommend everyone keep a survival kit in their vehicle in case of an emergency. While this isn't a car care tip as much as a preparation tip, it will make all the difference in the world if you end up stranded. Everyone should consider a survival kit, especially if they do a lot of driving through rural areas or live in a rural area. Your kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about maintaining your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by Audi Greenville at 9167 US Highway 431, Albertville, AL 35950. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Albertville, AL, and throughout Huntsville and Guntersville.

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