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Winter Checklist - Important!

Brrr! It's cold outside and that means practicing proper winter maintenance. Below is a list of the basic things to go over to maintain safe vehicle operation during the cold winter months.

  • Check your antifreeze

    Your antifreeze is essential to your car's winter protection. Your car should contain a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure your antifreeze level is full and is close to 50/50. Also, make sure you perform a radiator flush once a year.

  • Inspect your tires

    The last line of defense between you and cement wall. Winter is not the time to get cheap about your tires, so take the time to check the tread depth. The National Highway Transportation Safety Board says you need at least 2/32" of depth to be safe. Anything less than 4/32" (1/8") should be replaced soon. If you're not sure, the old penny test is a reliable way to check whether your treads are ready for winter action. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure. When it gets cold outside they can lose a little pressure so make sure they are inflated to the proper level.

  • Replace your wipers

    We've said it before and we'll say it again. Windshield wipers are imperative to safely operating your vehicle. Get 'em replaced on a regular basis!

  • Check your windshield washer fluid

    Keep your windshield washer fluid levels high. Driving behind an 18-wheeler in a light rain can be tricky without it! *Tip: Don't fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid, it won't freeze!

Annual Maintenance Procedures
Since we're talking about car maintenance now is as good a time as any to talk about annual maintenance procedures.

Cold weather safety should be a concern since we live in cold Idaho! These tips will give you the upper hand when the snow and wind try to put a chill on your winter travel plans. For more information about staying generally safe in winter weather, the National Weather Service has an excellent Winter Safety & Awareness guide that covers everything winter related!


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