Prepare Your Vehicle Now for Winter Travel

Some people anxiously await the first few snowflakes of winter, while others dread below-zero mornings and icy commutes to work. No matter how you feel about the cold, the reality is that it can take its toll on your vehicle if you don't take the right precautions…

Motor Oil Musts

Engines work harder in winter. That's because oils and greases become thicker when it's cold. Over time, friction and impeded fluid flow can contribute to engine wear. For cold months, you may want to consider synthetic oil rather than conventional motor oil. Many synthetic motor oils still flow or pump at temperatures up to sixty and seventy below zero. Plus, synthetics have a broader service range than traditional petroleum.

Avoid Frostbite for Your Vehicle

Make sure you check antifreeze levels and the effective working temperature of the product you're using. Otherwise you risk a cracked engine block, blown hoses and water pump failure from frozen, expanded water in your vehicle's systems.

Propylene glycol-based antifreezes provide excellent protection against freezing and are safer than ethylene glycol antifreezes, and don’t have the sweet taste and smell that lures pets to the ethylene glycol variety.

Battery Basics

As temperatures drop, so does the efficiency of the battery. In very cold weather, your battery's power output can be diminished to as little as 10 percent. It doesn’t help that batteries also lose power as they age. Think about replacing your car battery sooner rather than later – there’s no time like the present to get your vehicle powered up!