Utah Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

You know that regularly scheduled maintenance can extend the life of your car, increase its performance, and enhance its safety. However, you may not know that summer and winter, due to very different driving conditions, require special maintenance requirements.

Winter Maintenance

Before the snow starts to fall make sure that your car is safe and performing at its best for the snowy Utah roads by doing the following tasks:

Tire Maintenance

Your car's tires are the heart of its winter driving performance. As the winter months approach you have choices for tires:

Winter tires

- Replace your car's regular tires with winter tires that are specially designed for winter driving conditions. Winter tires have been refined over the years with new tread patterns and rubber compounds that make them quieter on dry roads, and sure footed on snowy ones. 

All-season tires

- These steel-belted radials have been designed to provide balance in all kinds of driving conditions, and do not need to be removed or replaced when the season changes.  

Winter tires should pass the "penny test" to ensure adequate tread depth. Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is always covered by the tread, you have more than 6/32" of tread depth remaining. This is the minimum tread depth you should consider for safe winter driving.

Tire Pressure Maintenance

Adequate tire pressure improves both gas mileage and your safety on the road.

Tires lose a pound of pressure for every drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. An underinflated tire won't "bite" through snow down to the pavement as well as one at pressure. It's similar to hydroplaning on water -and just as dangerous.

Completing regular maintenance to tires means keeping them at the required pressure. After adjusting tire pressure replace the valve caps. Exposed valves let in moisture, which then freezes, and could cause the valve core to leak out air.

Replace wipers

Start the winter driving season with new windshield wipers. Wipers must be in peak condition to ensure proper visibility against snow, ice, and the sand and salt that coats winter roads.

Antifreeze Maintenance

The antifreeze protects your car's engine from freezing in cold winter temperatures. To ensure that antifreeze levels are adequate follow the manufacturer's recommendations for having the radiator flushed and filled.

Battery Maintenance

Winter puts additional stress and strain on your car's battery. Have the battery and charging system checked at a repair shop or an auto parts store and replace the battery if it is on its way out.

Taking the time to prepare for winter with adequate car maintenance helps your car perform better and gives you peace of mind for winter driving. 

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