Thrifty and Frugal Living: 5 Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter with WaterSavers + Giveaway

Friday, November 22, 2013

5 Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter with WaterSavers + Giveaway


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The International Car Wash Association (ICA) has some great tips for getting your car ready for winter this year. ICA, through its Wash With Watersavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less water and return clean water back into the environment.
 
Winter is a time to get together with family and enjoy the holidays, but getting ready for the change in seasons is no small feat.  It takes time and planning to make sure your family and your home are ready to brave the elements. Is your car as ready as you are? If you haven’t thought about preparations for your vehicle, these five simple tips will help you prepare for the cold months ahead.

*1: Check your tires. Before the roads get slick, check your tires to be sure they aren’t worn and that they are properly inflated. You should be able to find the proper tire pressure on the inside of your driver’s side door. Cold air will cause the air in your tires to compress and may cause your tires to lose pressure, so make a note to check again later in the winter.
 
*2: Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash. Putting your car through the car wash during the sloppiest season of the year may seem a strange idea but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements. Besides protecting your car, you’ll also be protecting the environment. Professional car washes can save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur when you wash your car yourself. You can learn more about the environmental benefits of a professional car wash at washwithwatersavers.com.
 
*3: Check your brakes. Your brakes will work harder once the icy conditions of winter set in. Make sure they are up to the task by bringing your vehicle in to your mechanic for a thorough brake inspection. 
 
*4: Check fluids. In the winter your coolant is your most important fluid because, if you’re out of coolant, you’re out of heat. Your owner’s manual will tell you how much coolant you need as well and provide the correct blend. It’s also never a bad idea to keep an additional bottle of coolant in your car for emergencies.
 
*5: Winter emergency kit. If you find yourself stranded by the side of the road, a winter survival kit can be very helpful. Include an ice scraper/brush, extra blankets or clothes – including hats and gloves – snacks and bottled water and a first aid kit. A small shovel can come in handy if you get stuck and a bag of cat litter can be used to provide needed traction for your tires.

Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability, and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes.  By planning ahead you can ensure that your family and your car will be in for a smooth ride all winter long.   
 
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Disclaimer: I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.  I will be receiving the same prize pack I am giving away in exchange for this post.

31 comments:

JC said...

We get our car winterized.

akronugurl said...

i take my car in and get it checked out

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CatOLuck said...

We don't do anything special for car maintenance in the winter time.

Sandra Davis said...

i make sure i have plenty of antifreeze in and get new windshield wiper blades. also make sure i have flashlight and blanket in car.

Amy Bostic said...

I just make sure I have antifreeze, my oiled is changed if needed, and tires have proper pressure

Mark Patrick said...

All fluids topped off and air pressure checked.

Sharon Kaminski said...

I keep warm clothes, tools, a blanket and a candle just in case.

abfantom said...

I prepare for winter driving by making sure I have good wiper blades and that the windshield wiper fluid is topped off.

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Kelly Nicholson said...

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mostly just cooland and checking for tire wear

deniseyweesy said...

I make sure my battery is good. It can get quite cold in MN.

lisagee1234 said...

No car. walk/take bus :o(

mary gardner said...

i have my fluids, brakes and wiper blades checked

Debbie Jackson said...

I take it in to be winterized

tat2gurlzrock said...

We check fluids and get new wipers

Amy Orvin said...

Not really. I live in SC, So we don't really have winter.

Jessica Kaufman said...

We dont do anything special we are in Florida.

karenmed409 said...

We have a tuneup in the fall, and keep a check on our windshield fluid and the tire pressure, and get the car washed when needed to get the salt off the car.

amanda whitley said...

oil change, tune up and check the tires.

tavernie said...

Yes we make sure we have plenty of Antifreeze!
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annemarie562000 said...

I top off all the fluids, especially the antifreeze!

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Jerri Davis said...

Check and add fluids if needed. Thank you, Jerri Davis

Stephanie Larison said...

We take it in to make sure it's all full with what it needs to be safer.

Amanda Sakovitz (mandy83) said...

I add air to my tires

guettel78 said...

I do usually get winters and check the pressure regularly with the constant fluctuations in temperature!

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susan1215 said...

I have my fluids, brakes and wiper blades checked

bettycd said...

I always get it in before the snow/ice season begins. Check the fluids, the tires and brakes

Kim Reid said...

We usually don't need to do anything here in GA, thanks!

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Tom Lester said...

In the winter time I always check my fluids to make sure they are at good levels

Kim Reid said...

Entered Carmex giveaway, thanks!

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bev said...

Yes, I get winter tires installed and carry a small shovel and a blanket and booster cables in my trunk, just in case the roads get bad. Thanks!

Thomas Murphy said...

I put snow tires on my car for the winter.

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