How to Prep Your Car for Winter Weather
The most wonderful time of the year is also the chilliest, which means inclement weather is inevitable, especially in Michigan. To prepare your Toyota for drives through impending ice, snow, hail, and more, the Fernelius Toyota dealership offers these three tips:
- Check your tires. Tire pressure drops roughly one pound per square inch for every 10-degree drop in air temperature. Low pressure can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep tires properly inflated at all times. In snowy Cheboygan, you might also consider getting snow tires, which are crafted specifically for snowy and icy surfaces.
- Take your car in for a maintenance inspection. Car troubles during cold seasons can feel especially distressing, so it’s a good idea to have a pro check your car and ensure everything is in working order while topping off important fluids. During this visit, they’ll also make sure headlights and windshield wipers are good to go, as maintaining visibility is imperative during bad weather.
- Create a winter emergency kit and keep it in your trunk. Being ready for the worst-case scenario is always a good idea, especially when it comes to being on the road in the winter. Compile the following items and tuck them away in your Toyota, so they’re easily accessible, just in case:
- Clothing and accessories to keep warm, like blankets, mittens, socks, and hats
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Flashlight with extra batteries — or a hand-crank flashlight
- Jumper cables
- First-aid kit, including bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, antiseptic cream, and medical wrap
- Bottled water
- Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife
- Road flares or reflective warning triangles
- Windshield cleaner
Have more questions about getting your Toyota ready for winter? The experts at Fernelius Toyota are here to help. Give our service center call at (231) 333-3005 or visit us at 11283 North Straits Highway in Cheboygan. Our family owned and operated dealership has been serving Northern Michigan since 2004, and we’d be more than happy to help get your car ready for winter.