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Minimize the OW in SNOW

Love it or hate it, snowy weather is upon us. Whether the weather is something you're excited about or annoyed by, there are things we can all do to make certain less than joyful aspects of winter a little less impactful. Most will agree you would be better off taking winter wardrobe advice from pretty much anyone but us, so maybe we'll just stick to car advice for now.

  • Remember that roadside emergency kit we talked about in Fall? Those items are going to come in handy should you break down in freezing temps. Pack that blanket!

  • Sliding around more than you'd like? Stop by and we can check out those tires to see if they are up to handling winter driving conditions.

  • Coming out in the morning to find your windshield's been served on the rocks? consider swapping out your washer fluid to one designed for colder temps to get yourself on the road faster.

  • Maybe you're de-icing just fine but it just won't wipe clean! Now is a great time to swap out those worn wipers. They can get a little beat up after a hot dry summer and a rainy fall. We rank seeing through your windshield pretty highly on the safety meter around here. We hope you do too.

  • After the holidays, all our batteries tend to feel a bit drained. Chances are with the drop in temps, your car likely feels the same. Until automotive therapists become a thing, a simple battery replacement will have to do if yours is feeling a little low.

  • You may have already started to spot tire pressure lights brightening your dark cold mornings. This is normal in colder temps, and can be rectified by a quick trip to just about any gas station for a refill.

  • Don't neglect that regular maintenance! You may be surprised how changing/checking oil, air filters, antifreeze/coolant, brakes and belt(s) at regular intervals can save you from much bigger problems down the road (pun intended).

  • Chances are, you're already aware if your heat is on the fritz. Better to get that in sooner rather than later with the oncoming temps. Winter is much more palatable when you're looking out at it from a safe, warm environment.

Lastly, if you're so inclined, take a hot coffee, tea or cocoa with you wherever you're going. Not everything is just for safety, we want you to be happy too. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you have, or to book you in for whatever your car needs in this or any other season. Stay warm!

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