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How to Winterize Your Vehicle

How to Winterize Your Car or Truck this winter season is important! Vehicle maintenance is an important routine leading up to the colder weather months. Whether you’re a fleet owner, car dealer or commuter, preparing your vehicle for winter is key to ensuring you’ll be able to navigate the roads safely. Following a few simple steps, and upgrading things like windshield wipers can help keep you, and those around you, safe on the roads.

Prepare Your Windshield for Winter with Crystal Clear

Although the old fashioned method of scraping ice and using de-icing solution may work temporarily, Crystal Clear has come up with the perfect solution to winterize your car for the colder weather.

We’ve developed the world’s first heated wiper blades that automatically heat up when the temperature falls. Our blades can be used on all different sizes of vehicles, including cars, minivans, SUVs, and trucks.

Not only are Crystal Clear blades easy to install, but they are also tested under the harshest of winter weather conditions. Unlike regular blades, our wipers will leave no ice build-up behind and will keep your view clear for your entire commute.

Adding our automatic wiper blade system is a great starting place as you take steps to winterize your car. However, we also recommend taking some additional steps to make sure you have properly prepared your car for winter.

Check Your Tires for Proper Air Pressure

Those winter chills can also affect the pressure of your tires, causing the tire pressure to decrease. Keeping your tires at the proper pressure will help make sure you can navigate icy roads with enough traction. According to Goodyear, your tires can lose 1-2 pounds of pressure for every 10-degree drop in temperature. If you’ve experienced a sharp drop in temperature overnight, there’s a good chance you’ll need to add some air before you hit the road in the morning.

Keep an Emergency Kit Handy

In the event that you break down and need to wait for assistance, having a winter emergency kit can give you peace of mind during that time. Keeping things like water, non-perishable snacks, extra warm clothing like gloves and jackets, blankets, ice shovels, jumper cables and cell phone chargers can all help in case of an emergency. Another great thing to keep in the back of your car is kitty litter or sand. Although it may sound strange to some, both are great for throwing on the ground to help give your tires some traction on the slippery roads.

Other Routine Car Maintenance Tips

There are a few things that need to be done throughout the winter to ensure you and your car keep moving to your destination. Regular oil changes are important year round, but especially during the winter months. In cold weather, motor oil will thicken. There are specific grades of oil made for locations that have cold winters, so make sure your car or vehicle has the proper grade.

That windshield crack that you’ve been putting off getting repaired is likely to get worse in the winter months. Icy, cold weather puts a lot of pressure on the already cracked windshield, so repairing those in the warmer months can spare you from even worse damage.

Are you interested in making Crystal Clear blades part of your winter car maintenance routine? View our winter wiper blades and request a quote today!