How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

2021 Honda Passport Sport on Snowy Road

When the temperatures drop in Winder, it’s important to take a good look at your vehicle. Learning how to winterize your car can help you avoid weather-related trouble down the road, and our “Preparing your car for winter” checklist walks you through the simple steps. Find out what you need to know, and visit our service center at Phil Hughes Honda for all your automotive needs!

“Preparing Your Car for Winter” Checklist

As you move from hot summer to cold winters in Monroe, your car goes through weather-related stress. The best way to achieve a consistent performance from season to season is to keep up with your maintenance. Take a look at our 

 “Preparing your car for winter” checklist to find out how to winterize your car in Watkinsville.

  • Check Your Tread Depth – You can check your tread depth at home with an inexpensive tire depth gauge from a part department, or you can just use a penny. Hold the penny upside down and insert Lincoln’s head into the tread grooves. If you see his entire head, your tread is too low and you’ll need a replacement.
  • Battery Test & Replacement – Winters can be taxing on a car battery, and if you start noticing warning signs, it’s a good idea to get your battery checked. It’s not a bad idea to purchase a backup battery if your car has been starting slowly or you’ve had your current battery for more than three years. 
  • Fresh Fluids Top-Off – Check and top off the oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid or any other automotive fluids. In the winter, it’s particularly important to keep tabs on your coolant and antifreeze levels. Make sure everything is mixed to the proper ratio to prevent freezing and damage.
  • Heater Check – Now is the time to make sure that your heating system is in good working condition. If your heater goes out, this can lead to uncomfortable commutes and distracted driving, so schedule your service appointment to get everything sorted.
  • Get Winterized Wiper Blades – Winter-specific windshield wiper blades are built to handle the lower temperatures and heavy precipitation better than a standard set of blades. Consider upgrading your equipment when it gets colder!

Learn How to Winterize Your Car with Phil Hughes Honda

Do you have any other questions about how to prepare your car for winter? Phil Hughes Honda is here to help. Contact us for more information about how to get your car in great shape to navigate Watkinsville, and schedule your service appointment with us in Athens!


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