Car Care Tips: Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Cold

car carePreventative maintenance is important for a host of reasons—better gas mileage, better handling, increased longevity. During the unpredictable winter months, in particular, preventative maintenance is the key to ensuring you have reliable transportation.

A vehicle that is properly prepared can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse. By following our recommended maintenance program, you’ll increase your vehicle’s chances of remaining reliable in even the most difficult winter storms. Here are our top three car care tips for navigating the winter cold:

Do A Battery Test

Make sure your battery is fully charged. Most batteries last about 5 Years. Even if yours has not quite reached its predicted life expectancy, we advise you have it checked. Learn more about checking your battery health.

Get A Fluid Check

Check your vehicle’s fluids, such as oil, coolant, and fuel. It is important that your coolant is a 50/50 mix between antifreeze and water.

Fill Your Gas Tank Often

Make sure your vehicle always has at least a 1/2 tank of gas. This will decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines.

Make A Winter Emergency Kit

Stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, dry food snacks, and needed medication. You can learn more about winter emergency kits here.

At V&F

The cold is here! Keep your car reliable as you travel the streets of Agawam and West Springfield by coming in for a quick “car care check-up.” We always advise that your vehicle be inspected by one of our trusted professional technicians as winter magnifies existing problems.

At V&F, we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive. Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If your car needs maintenance or repair before this winter season, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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