Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

We had our first snowfall of the season last weekend. Thankfully it didn’t last, but I freaked out a little bit. I’m not ready for winter weather just yet!  I know its just around the corner though. I had better get moving. So many things to do so little time!

One of items on my winter checklist is getting my car ready for winter. One of the first thing John always does is check our tires on both vehicles. We have All-Season tires and depending on where you live, you may be putting winter tires on your vehicles. I was looking back through some old photos I snapped last winter and soon enough that same type of scene will be here.

This picture was taken in late March during a huge snowstorm. We were driving to the airport on our way to a conference in Texas.


Here’s a fairly typical winter scene from our driveway. My car is buried under a fresh snowfall.


Many times I’m snowed in…


International Car Wash Association has several important tips to help you get your vehicles ready for the winter. I’ll be getting both our vehicles ready in the next couple weeks.

Check your tires. Before the roads get slick, check your tires to be sure they aren’t worn and that they are properly inflated. You should be able to find the proper tire pressure on the inside of your driver’s side door. Cold air will cause the air in your tires to compress and may cause your tires to lose pressure, so make a note to check again later in the winter.

Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash. Putting your car through the car wash during the sloppiest season of the year may seem a strange idea but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements. Besides protecting your car, you’ll also be protecting the environment. Professional car washes can save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur when you wash your car yourself. You can learn more about the environmental benefits of a professional car wash at

Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Check your brakes. Your brakes will work harder once the icy conditions of winter set in. Make sure they are up to the task by bringing your vehicle in to your mechanic for a thorough brake inspection.

Check fluids. In the winter, no fluid is more important than your coolant because, if you’re out of coolant, you’re out of heat. Your owner’s manual will tell you how much coolant you need as well and provide the correct blend. It’s also never a bad idea to keep an additional bottle of coolant in your car for emergencies.

Winter emergency kit. If you find yourself stranded by the side of the road, a winter survival kit can be very helpful. Include an ice scraper/brush, extra blankets or clothes – including hats and gloves – snacks and bottled water and a first aid kit. A small shovel can come in handy if you get stuck and a bag of cat litter can be used to provide needed traction for your tires.

Don’t forget about your vehicles this winter. Be proactive and put these tips into action now and save yourself some stress when the freezing weather really hits!


Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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