We’re pretty lucky to benefit from relatively mild winters here in San Antonio. Still, it’s a good idea to take a few steps to properly prep your vehicle for the coldest season. Here are six winter tips from Benson Honda to help you set you and your vehicle up for a stress-free winter on the road:
1. Put together an emergency kit.
If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to stock your vehicle with a flashlight, some drinking water, a first aid kit, and jumper cables. These items can be useful during any season.
2. Change out your wiper blades.
If you know it’s been a couple of years and they’re worn down, change them out. This is an inexpensive way to save you some trouble when rain, snow, and ice try to get in your way on the road.
3. Test out your heating system.
Turn on your car’s heat and see how long it takes to warm up the vehicle. Oh, and test out your defogging/defrosting system too. If your heating system doesn’t seem to be in good working order, consider getting it fixed up.
4. Switch out your car’s weak battery.
If you’ve had your car’s battery for over four years, it’s probably a good idea to switch it out. Likewise, if you’ve had battery issues recently, or if your vehicle makes hesitation sounds when you start it up, you should consider getting a new battery. Freezing temperatures can be tough on a battery that’s already weak.
5. Take a good look at your tires.
Is their tread worn down? Do they look a little deflated? Figure out whether you need new tires now before you get in a tricky situation on an icy road.
6. Think about a wheel alignment.
If you notice the way your vehicle handles is a little off, or if you notice your car naturally veers to one side if you’re not careful, you may want to look into a wheel alignment. If your vehicle’s wheels are properly aligned, it’ll perform a lot more responsively on slick or icy roads.
Need some extra help with your Honda to help prepare it for winter? Schedule a service appointment with us!