Winterize Your Vehicle – Frugal Novice

Winterize Your Vehicle

This is a sponsored post partnered with East Hills Jeep. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Winter is upon us, and even if you park in a garage, your car will eventually be affected by the elements when you’re out and about. It’s important in winter, above all the other seasons, to make sure your car is prepared.

1. Lubricate Window Tracks. This is one that seems like something small, but can really end up saving money in repairs! In the winter, freezing water can get down into the tracks of your vehicle’s windows, which can create drag when you try to open the window. That extra tension as you’re working the windows can damage cables, costing you a pretty penny.

2. Use a synthetic sealant or a wax to help protect your car’s finish. If you’re driving in an area that salts to de-ice the roads then your car is being exposed to even more potential damage, so using a sealant right before winter hits is a great way to provide a barrier against the elements for the winter months. It’ll give your car a nice shine, too.

3. Check your tires’ tread. It’s always important to make sure your tires have sufficient tread, but is especially important in the winter due to freezing rain, slush and snow. You want to make sure you have plenty of traction before you get out on potentially slick roads!

4. Switch out your windshield wiper blades. You might think all blades are created equally, but you’d be wrong! Regular wiper blades can get overloaded with snow, which greatly reduces their efficacy. The blades might create big streaks, or might not be able to get good contact on the whole surface, meaning some of the windshield doesn’t get cleared off.. Winter wiper blades are wrapped in rubber boot that prevents ice and snow from sticking.

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