How To Prepare Your Ford For The Winter Season | Decatur, IN

During the winter season, there are additional road hazards and driving stressors, like shorter days, heavy snow, and slick ice. So, you need to get your Ford winter-ready ahead of time. Here are some tips so that your Ford can better-handle the cold.

Gather supplies

In the winter, it's important to prepare for the worst. If your vehicle ever runs out of gas or breaks down on the side of the road, you'll be stuck in the cold, which can be dangerous. That's why you should have emergency supplies in your vehicle at all times, including gloves, blankets and warm clothes to keep warm. You should also carry a first-aid kit, a flashlight, a charged cellphone, a radio, snacks, and an ice-scraper.

Inspect the tires

Having tires that are properly inflated and have enough tread depth can help you retain traction on slick roads. To see if you have enough tire tread, place a penny in the tread with the top of Lincoln's head facing down. If you can view Lincoln's entire head, then it's a good idea for you to have your tires replaced.

Check the fluids

Antifreeze can prevent your engine from freezing in the winter, so you need to make sure you have enough antifreeze in your Ford. Windshield wiper fluid can also freeze in the winter and reduce your visibility. As such, you should replace the all-season fluid with winter fluid, which is designed for frigid temperatures. During your next oil change, it's also a good idea to opt for an oil that has a lower grade of viscosity for cold weather.  

We at Tom Kelley Ford hope you and your family drive safely this winter. We encourage you to contact our service department for seasonal maintenance and inspections.


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