How to Prep Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

Winter can be a difficult time to drive around Crown Point, Indiana. Not only is the weather unbearably cold and uncomfortable, but it can present innumerable challenges for your car. You may experience dead car batteries, frosted windshields, wipers, poor tire traction, or worse, a breakdown. For the safety of Crown Point drivers, we suggest following these few maintenance items to protect yourself from those inconveniences:


Your tires should be your number one priority this winter, as the roads can become slippery quickly. Please ensure you have enough tire tread to provide you with proper traction. Furthermore, you can expect your tire pressure to drop due to the cold, so remember to fill up with the right amount of air. 


We recommend topping off any fluids that may need it, including coolant, windshield washer fluid, and brake fluid. It also doesn't hurt to get an oil change, as it can thicken up and lose its viscosity this time of year.


Winter can be tough on brakes, between slippery roads, road salt, and more. To ensure your brakes are running at peak performance, schedule any needed repairs or replacements in advance. You don't want to compromise your safety with poor brake performance.


Vehicle batteries are known to deteriorate in winter, and the below-freezing temperatures can make it more challenging for them to start. If your battery is older, it would be wise to test it. It would be better for you to replace it altogether in some cases.

Wiper Blades

The ice can quickly wear down your vehicle's windshield wiper blades. To ensure you see clearly on your drives this winter, consider freshening up and installing a new pair of wiper blades. It doesn't hurt to keep a spare set and a bottle of windshield washer fluid in your car as well.


If you need help with the winter maintenance items above, we welcome you to bring your car to Knight Automotive. Once your car has been winterized by our professional technicians, you can confidently cruise the Crown Point roads.

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