Winter Car Care and Auto Maintenance Tips


I’d like to start this multi-entry post with basic car maintenance tips and reminders that are generally winter-specific. So without further ado…onto the first tip!

Tip #1: Don’t Forget to Use Snow Tires. If you really need to drive during the snowy weather—meaning your boss won’t let you work from home or you need to travel to your relatives’ place out of town—play it safe by investing in great snow tires. Snow tires help increase traction, making your travels a lot faster and safer. And yes, while having to remount and balance your snow tires every single year can be such a pain in the neck, if you’ve ever driven sans snow tires through icy roads (which I seriously don’t recommend!), you’ll know that these specialized tires can mean the difference between a safe trip and a fatal accident. Be safe and use snow tires.

But if you’re really feeling incredibly lazy, or if you really hate having to remount and rebalance these tires each winter, then one way you can save time (but not money) is by getting your vehicle four steel rims. Take your snow tires and permanently mount them onto the steel rims. This should make it easier for you to install your snow tires, and later remove them when spring comes.

Now I understand that with the recent economic troubles we’re facing, it may be harder for most of us to purchase complete sets of winter tires. While it’s still best to have all four mounted on your car, if you can’t buy four snow tires and you have a two-wheel drive (front wheel drive or rear wheel drive), then two would usually do. Mount your snow tires on the wheels that are directly driven by your vehicle’s engine. If you have an “all-wheel-drive” on your hands, then I’m sorry to say that you need to have FOUR snow tires on your car.

If you don’t have space in your garage for your regular tires, then ask your local garage if they could store your regular tires throughout the winter season. Most tire shops will also charge a small fee for storage. Once winter is done, you can also ask them to store your snow tires until the next Thanksgiving.

Tip #2: Conduct Complete and Thorough Auto Cleaning, And Try to Keep Your Vehicle as Clean As You Can After. The first day you spot snow on the roads or on your roof, make it a point to take the time to clean your car completely (both inside and out!). It’s not just for aesthetic purposes, it’s also to help you keep your driving visibility at its best during the ultra-cold season. Since mirrors have a tendency to fog, keep all your glass surfaces as transparent and clear as possible by scraping away the buildup of snow or ice using an ice scraper or a snowbrush. Your auto lights should also be kept as snow-free as possible. So take the time to remove all traces of ice on your ride at least once a week.

Now that your auto lights and mirrors are snow-free, your work is done, right? Nope! There’s more work to be done, and for good reason. Remove snow from the rest of your ride. You’re probably wondering why you need to clean your ride when all that’s important are your lights and mirrors… well, let’s just say that if you happen to have snow piling up on your roof, sludge could easily make its way down your windshield after you hit the brakes—obscuring your vision and possibly even causing you to collide with an oncoming car. Some states also require vehicles to be ice-free during winter… so you can avoid a ticket by keeping your car as clean as you can all season long.

**Note: The second picture shows a snow tire.
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October 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Another informative blog… Thank you for sharing it… Best of luck for further endeavor too.

February 14, 2012 at 6:52 AM

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February 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The design of winter tires makes them ideally suited for the cold season, improving performance and safety in a variety of road conditions.

March 2, 2012 at 7:42 AM

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March 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM


nice to read your blog.

Different view and an own
opinion about car maintenance. Thanks for suggestions.

Thomas Crown
July 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Nice to have this post!Perhaps the first frosts have already coated your windshield, forcing
you to dig out the scraper. As you adjust to the coming chill, give a
thought to your ride, and check out these nine tips that will keep your
car rolling smoothly through winter’s challenges.

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July 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

 Thanks for the tips! Car maintenance is important during the harsh seasons as it helps keep your car safe and also keeps the auto warranty valid.

Sharpe BMW
April 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Great post thank you so much for sharing this information! Winter driving can definitely be dangerous but with these tips it will be less. Thanks!

Kia of Lansing
April 14, 2015 at 9:20 AM

The snow tires is a great idea to not only improve the performance but your overall safety as well. This is a fantastic read thanks for sharing!

Auto Oil Changers
July 8, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Great car tips to get your car through to the summer time! Thanks for sharing

August 13, 2015 at 5:56 AM

I had never thought about how a clean car is so important during the winter. But it makes sense, it's hard to do with snow on the ground. Also, it's important to have your headlights cleaned off, so that your vision isn't compromised.

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