Essential Car Care Tips For Snow

Car tires on winter road covered with snow. Vehicle on snowy roadway.

Whether you are ready or not, snowy weather is on its way for a large portion of the country. If you plan to do any driving during cold or snowy weather this winter, you need to make sure that your car or truck is ready to take on the rough conditions on the road.

With the holiday season right around the corner, millions of Americans are about to get out of their homes and visit family members, all while turning to driving instead of flying. If you are interested in getting your car or truck ready to handle snowy conditions in one quick trip, come into one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today. Our team of expert and certified service technicians will help you take care of all your automotive needs in one quick trip. Here are three essential car care tips to get ready for snowy weather this winter.


Your tires are some of the most important components on your vehicle, especially during the winter. Winter weather makes the road extremely slippery. Everything from heavy rainfall to fallen leaves and deep snowdrifts can all but nullify your grip on the road. You need to make sure that you not only have the right tires for the weather you are expecting to get this winter, but that your tires are in good enough shape to handle driving in the expected conditions. All-weather tires are good for most St. Louis winters, but if you are traveling or staying in areas with significant snowfall, you need to have a set of tires that can handle this loss of traction. Snow tires are made of a softer rubber that can remain flexible in colder conditions, but will easily shred if you drive with them on warm roads. Come into one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers to have our tire experts help you make the right decision for your vehicle.


Your battery is one of the most at-risk components in your vehicle during the winter. The cold weather can cause your battery to lose up to 60% of its charge, and your battery’s capacity will plummet as the temperature drops. You need to make sure that your battery is strong enough to hold a charge throughout the winter weather, or you will run the risk of finding yourself stranded on the side of the road in the snow. We can quickly test your battery’s charge to make sure that you are good to drive all winter long.

Fluid Checks

Your fluids can easily freeze up in the bitter cold of winter, and you need to take the proper precautions to protect your vehicle. Certain fluids like wiper fluid and oil are extremely important for heavy winter drivers. If you are planning on storing a vehicle or not driving it much this winter, make sure that you add a fuel stabilizer to your tank to ensure that your fuel lines do not freeze up and rupture.

No matter what your automotive needs are this winter, you can easily get everything taken care of in one quick trip at one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers.