How to Winterize Your Vehicle

Winters in Raynham can be especially brutal. After all, Massachusetts is one of the few places to be hit by a snow hurricane. It goes without saying that our Taunton neighbors need to be especially careful when driving in winter. To keep you and your vehicle safer, take a moment to read the Mastria Buick GMC guide on how to winterize your vehicle. If you find you require assistance along the way, explore our service specials and then reach out to our mechanics for help by scheduling a service appointment in Raynham!

Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Before you drive out on thick ice of Middleboro roads, make sure that your car is prepared for winter driving, and that you’re stocked with supplies in case you get stranded on the road. Follow these steps to maximize your safety:

  • Tire Prep: Make sure you install winter tires. While all-season tires are fine for the shallow and occasional ice in other areas, they’re not going to cut it on the streets of Fall River. We recommend that you install winter tires, which have treads specifically designed for cutting through snow and ice while maintaining traction.
  • Battery Test: Cold temps can be especially hard on your battery, so it’s best to have it tested to ensure it’s in good condition and able to properly hold a charge. Otherwise, you risk being stranded without access to heat on the side of the road in the event of a breakdown. Be sure to clean corrosion off your battery terminals as well to make sure you don’t develop starting issues in the future.
  • Window Wipers: Make sure to switch to winter window wipers, so you can effectively brush snow and ice off your windshield. Also, top off your windshield wiper fluid reservoir and inspect its condition. If it looks old, you might replace it, as these reservoirs are prone to developing leaks in the winter from frost.
  • Coolant Check: Make sure that the coolant in your radiator is rated to work effectively given the kind of temperatures we experience in Raynham. Also, be sure to top it off, or replace your coolant if it’s been a while since you changed it out, as this fluid is vital for keeping your engine from freezing.
  • Assemble Emergency Kit: You’ll need to assemble an emergency kit in case you are stranded on the road. This kit should include a candle-powered heater (in case your battery dies, and your heat goes out), a small LED flashlight, a cell phone charger, a portable air compressor in case your tire pressure drops, a tool kit, and some safety absorbent (for when you get stuck on ice and your tires need help gaining traction).

Get Help Winterizing Your Vehicle at Mastria Buick GMC in Raynham

Now that you’ve read our guide on how to winterize your vehicle, if you think you need help as you prepare your car for winter, don’t hesitate to call Mastria Buick GMC at 508-817-1138. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know and make sure your vehicle is in good shape to withstand winter roads. While you’re here, if you plan on installing winter tires, be sure to explore our tire finder tool for help, though our mechanics are more than happy to help you identify the right tires for your vehicle. We look forward to helping you stay safe!


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