Living in New England is beautiful all year round, but for some, the winter months can be the most difficult for motorists. Between the icy road to something as simple as anxiety on snow covered roads, Mike Brailey’s Automotive is here to help. Whether you are trying to winterize your vehicle on the outside or keeping the inside toasty, we have tips on maintaining your car’s health during the winter months. Here are a few tips from your local Amherst auto repair technicians!

Updating Your Tires

Tires play a significant role in the condition of your vehicle. One of the first things you should do before that first snowstorm of the season is to trade out your current tires for winter tires. Winter tires are more flexible than regular tires, and they can improve traction on icy roadways. In addition, make sure the pressure in your tires is kept up so that you can prevent accidents. 

Fill Up On Gasoline, Coolant, and Washer Fluid

Gas, coolant, and washer fluid all play prominent roles in maintaining your car during winter. It is vital that you keep your gas tank full to avoid ice and condensation building up and mixing in with your fuel. Also, it will keep your car running longer and keep you warmer. Coolant, AKA antifreeze, is what your vehicle uses to keep the engine from freezing during winter. It is essential that you check to see if your coolant needs to be changed or any pipes in the system are leaking before hitting the road. The importance of washer fluid comes into play during the aftermath of a snowstorm once the snow is mixing with mud and debris and ends up on your windshield.

Look For Cracks and Get Them Fixed

Check for any cracks in your windshield or windows and get them fixed as soon as you can. It snows a lot in New England, and once that snow melts during the day, water can get into the crack. Overnight, that water can freeze again, which could cause the windshield to crack even more. 

Bonus Tip: Pack A Survival Kit

While these tips are proven to be helpful, they may not fully prepare you for the winter months ahead. Everyone should have a winter kit in their vehicles so that you are ready for anything life throws your way. Make sure to include:

  • A Portable phone charger or battery
  • An ice brush
  • Hazard Lights or flashlight
  • Snacks and water
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables 
  • An extra change of clothing
  • Coolant and washer fluid

Trusted Auto Care in New Hampshire

Are you looking for a team of trusted Amherst auto repair technicians this winter? Mike Brailey’s Auto has been operating for nearly two decades with a team of trained and dedicated technicians. We pride ourselves on giving the best service possible. Give us a call or schedule an appointment with us today.