Winter Car Maintenance Tips from Tom Gill Chevrolet

November 12th, 2015 by


It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right on the corner. In addition to fun with friends and family, we all know what that means—for better or worse, winter is fast approaching. The team at Tom Gill Chevrolet’s service department wants to make sure everyone stays safe and comfortable on the roads this snowy season, which is why we’ve come up with some tips for winter car maintenance.

Winterize Your Tires

Now that winter is almost here, it’s time to make sure your car is prepared for what’s around the corner. Slippery road conditions from sleet, ice, and snow can be really dangerous. Consider installing winter tires for better traction. Take a look at our tire finder app to find the best set of tires for your year, make, and model.

Check Your Wipers

The sunny days of summer are well beyond us at this point. Avoid low visibility from sleet and snow by making sure that your wipers are still in good condition. If you’re not sure, bring your vehicle to our service department, and we’ll let you know if they need to be replaced. As a rule of thumb, though, wipers are usually good for about a year.

Make Sure Your Battery is Charged

Winter can take its toll your car battery, but it’s essential to your car’s ability to run. The last thing you want is to get stranded somewhere, so bring your vehicle into our service department so that we can check the battery to make sure it still has life left in it.

Check Your Tires

The change in temperature at this time of year can cause a noticeable difference in terms of tire pressure. On top of decreasing the efficiency of your vehicle, driving on underinflated tires—particularly in snowy and icy conditions—can be really dangerous. Check your tire pressure and have them inflated if they’re under the recommended PSI.

Get Prepared

Sometimes, even if it seems like you’ve done everything right, something can go wrong with your car. When this happens in cold weather, you could be stranded in the cold for a period of time. Make sure you’re prepared by having a blanket, hat, gloves, coat, and scarf accessible to you in the car at all times.

  mechanic working on windshield wipers   A car mechanic replaces a battery.

Get Winterized at Tom Gill Chevrolet

We’ll happily run a multi-point inspection and make sure your vehicle’s system is set for the coming season. Just schedule your service online, and then make your way to our dealership at 7830 Commerce Dr. in Florence, KY.