We are now headed towards the dead of winter, and no season is more challenging for your vehicle. The cold temperatures, especially when partnered with moisture, can be very tough on your car, both on the exterior and under the hood. There are many things that drivers should keep in mind during the winter months if they want their car to continue functioning properly. In today’s blog post, Cox Collision has a winter car body maintenance guide that will help you keep your vehicle in great shape this holiday season.
Take Care of Your Windshield and Windows
At Cox Collision, we are well acquainted with cars that have been damaged due to winter weather conditions. Major collision repair is common in the winter months because drivers often struggle to drive in harsh conditions or because they don’t take proper care of their vehicles. Your windshield and windows are a crucial aspect of this because they control your visibility. Many drivers in a hurry to get to work might not scrape their windows and windshields of ice, decreasing their visibility, and increasing their chance of getting into an accident.
There are some easy ways to avoid this, including de-icers and remote starters. It’s also important to take care of your windshield wipers so that they don’t freeze onto your windshield.
Check Your Tires
In the winter months, the cold weather can often cause your tires to deflate. Many tires also aren’t designed for the winter months, making them more difficult to drive on. Cox Collision works on major and minor collision repair, often on vehicles that have been in wrecks due to faulty tires. In the winter, it’s important to regularly check your tires and change them if they aren’t designed for winter weather.
Change Your Oil and Maintain Your Battery
While you might not think of the components under the hood during the winter, harsh cold temperatures can have a major impact on your engine and other components. For example, winter might be the best time to switch from conventional to synthetic oil because synthetic oil flows better at lower temperatures. Your battery is another component that can struggle in the winter, but not for the reason you might think. Batteries actually struggle in the winter because of the toll the summer heat takes on batteries. After a long, hot summer, your battery might die on the first extremely cold day of winter.
Contact Cox Collision for More Information
At Cox Collision, we are all too familiar with the accidents and damage that winter weather can cause to vehicles. If you have been in an accident and your car has suffered damage that requires major or minor collision repair, Cox Collision can help. For more information on what we can do for you, give us a call at (417) 877-0077 or contact us online today.