How to prepare your vehicle for the winter season | SUV driving through heavy snow storm         

Winter is no joke when it comes to harsh road conditions and the wear on your vehicle's mechanical parts. By being proactive and staying on top of maintenance, you can prevent many problems from occurring during the cold weather months. That's why our team at Boch put together a list of 7 ways you can prepare your vehicle for the winter season.

       
  

1. Inspect Your Tires

Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread isn't worn down. You need to have the maximum amount of traction on the road, which is important in the slippery conditions of winter. You may also choose to replace your all-season tires with winter tires, but that depends on your personal needs and the conditions you expect to be driving in.

       
How to prepare your vehicle for the winter season | Healthy tires in the winter snow

2. Check Your Battery

To avoid a jump-start in the middle of a snowstorm, we suggest getting your battery's posts and connections checked and cleaned by a service professional at one of our Boch dealerships. They will ensure your battery is in good shape and test its ability to hold a charge so that you avoid the consequences of having a weak battery in freezing weather.

       
       

3. Replace Your Wiper Blades

Make sure your windshield wiper blades are rubber-clad and in good condition for clearing snow and ice from your view of the road. We also suggest carrying an ice scraper and stocking up on freeze-resistant windshield washer fluid.

       
How to prepare your vehicle for the winter season | Windshield wipers on while its snowing
        

4. Make Sure Your Heater & Defroster Work Well

Being able to defrost your windshield and stay warm inside your vehicle is crucial on icy days, for both comfort and safety. So, make sure your HVAC system is in good condition!

       

5. Refill or Replace Fluids

In addition to freeze-resistant wiper fluid, make sure your oil and oil filter are changed along with engine coolant, or antifreeze so that your engine stays running smoothly and at a steady temperature. The cold weather can do a number on your vehicle's internal parts, so keeping them well greased and cared for will prevent extra wear or problems caused by extreme temperatures.

How to prepare your vehicle for the winter season | Man filling up anti-freeze in car
 

6. Examine Your Belts and Hoses

Whenever you come in for winter service, have a service professional check the wear and tear on your vehicle's belts and hoses because cold weather can wreak havoc on those vital parts.

         

7. Pack an Emergency Kit

Most importantly, make sure your vehicle is stocked with these supplies so that you're prepared for an emergency, especially on a long road trip:

     
  • Blanket
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  • Jumper cables
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  • Flashlight and extra batteries
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  • First-Aid Kit
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  • Tool Kit
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  • Flares
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  • Energy Bars or Snacks
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  • Water Bottles
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  • Extra Gloves and Boots
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  • Small Shovel
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  • Sand or Kitty Litter to help give traction if you're stuck

       



That's it! Following these 7 steps will ensure your vehicle survives the winter and you stay safe on the roads.

Contact us at Boch to schedule a winter service today!