Important Winter Auto Services
Winter can be a tough time for your vehicle. Between cold and icy conditions and slick roads treated with corrosive salt and chemicals, harsh cold weather can really do a number on you if you are unprepared. When it comes to car care, you can end up saving yourself hundreds of dollars every year by being proactive instead of reactive. By taking care of simple car care projects before they become a problem you will save yourself both time and money. If you are looking for the best car care services around, come into your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today.
The cold temperatures of winter can do some serious damage to your battery. According to AAA’s Automotive Research Center, at 32 degrees Fahrenheit your battery loses about 35% of its strength and, at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it loses 60% of its strength. There is nothing worse than being stuck in the freezing cold and not being able to start your vehicle because your battery has died. Not only does your battery lose strength in the cold, but it can take up to twice as much current to start your engine. The average lifespan of a car battery is between 3-5 years so, if it has been a while since you have replaced your battery, you may want to think about getting a new one installed.
Your headlights can make a huge difference in your ability to drive safely and efficiently during winter. Many states legally require you to have your headlights on during rain and inclement weather, meaning that your headlights can actually save you from a costly ticket. The biggest issue for your headlights during winter is the sheer amount of dirt and gunk that gets kicked up while driving. That dirt can easily build up and make your headlights much less effective. If your headlights are looking dirty, you can clean them off with a rag and glass cleaner. If one or both of your headlights are dimming or losing strength, it is important to get your headlights replaced as soon as possible.
Winter tires are one of the best ways to stay safe through the cold and inclement weather. Winter and snow tires are comprised of a flexible rubber that allows your car to retain optimum grip on the road. Summer and all-weather tires stiffen up in the cold and will begin sliding on slick and cold surfaces. Winter tires also have edges and treads that actively dig into the snow and ice to allow for a much stronger grip. These treads and edges also channel water, snow, and ice off the tires. If, where you live, winter temperatures average below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, winter tires can greatly improve your ability to drive safely.
Beat the cold this winter by making sure your vehicle is ready to handle everything this season can throw at it. Trust the experts at your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers to get your car ready for any weather this winter!