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10 Tips for Getting Your Car Ready for Winter & #Giveaway

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When you have a car you love you take care of it. You baby it. You keep it clean and most of all you keep up on maintenance checkups because you want your car to last. We’ve had our Chevy Tahoe for almost 10 years now and although it’s not free from scratches on the outside it is free from rust and grime. I used to be super articulate about how clean I kept my car and especially during the winter I try to keep it vacuumed regularly along with washed and waxed regularly to keep it looking it’s best. The ICA shared some really great tips I want to share with you about Getting your car ready for winter and I even added a handful of my own that I wanted to share.

International Carwash Association (ICA) has shared some fabulous tips for getting your car ready for winter. ICA, through its Wash With WaterSavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of 1. Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash – It may seem counter intuitive to get your car nice and shiny for what’s often the sloppiest season, but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt.

Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements.

1· Professional car washes can also save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur with pavement washing. Check out www.washwithwatersavers.com to see how professional car washes save water and help prevent pollution.

2. Check fluids – Check your coolant to make sure you have enough, as you’ll be left without heat if you don’t. Consult your owner’s manual to find the correct blend if you need to add more. It’s never a bad idea to keep extra coolant in your trunk in case of an emergency. Don’t forget about extra wiper fluid, either. It’s not expensive, so stock up!

3. Winter emergency kit – In addition to stocking your car with a scraper and brush, it’s a good idea to include a few provisions in case you get stranded in snowy and cold conditions. Pack extra blankets, hats and gloves, high-energy snacks like granola bars, drinking water and a first-aid kit. We have created an exclusive Winter Emergency Kit for you and one of your blog readers.

4. Test your battery – The next time you have the car in for an oil change, ask the mechanic to test your battery to make sure it can provide enough starting power once the temperature plummets.

5. Check your wipers – When sloppy weather hits, you’ll want to make sure you have strong wiper blades to see through the elements. Checking your wiper blades for wear and replacing them if needed can prevent huge visibility headaches once snow and sleet arrive.using eco-friendly carwashes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment.

A few tips of my own I wanted to share.

6. Clean it out: Vacuum your car out free from food and old papers and change. When my car is clean I feel like I’m driving a newer car and it helps to ez my stress.

7. Keep a blanket in the car as well as extra gloves and a hat: you never know when you can get stuck in a snow storm, the car could breakdown or the heater should happen to go out. When you have children you want to make sure you keep them and yourself warm.

8. Make sure you have your auto insurance paid and an updated card in the glove compartment.

9. Clean you windows: Clean windows are a must. You never know how dirty your windows are until you see the glare at night. Now that the sun goes down a lot earlier you’ll find that those windows aren’t as clean as you though they were.

10. Check your headlights and rear break lights to make sure all are working properly. When bad weather hits you want to make sure that the people behind you and in front of you can see you coming.

Make sure you do a check list every winter and share these tips to help family and friends. They will help not only the environment but your car and help keep your passengers safe, too.

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disclosure: I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips for getting your car ready for winter. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

59 Responses to 10 Tips for Getting Your Car Ready for Winter & #Giveaway

  1. Honestly I think the winter emergency kit. I do have some roadside safety kit but I don’t have extra blankets/hats etc in my car nor do I have any water!

  2. Jennifer Young

    #7 is a great tip. Keeping an extra blanket in the car and hats and gloves. Definitely something I want to do this winter just in case!

  3. Test your battery because this is an issue we experienced not too long ago!

  4. test your battery

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  5. Jennie Hawkins

    The Water bottle. I can’t live without my water.

  6. keep a blanket in the car

  7. I just cleaned my car inside and out yesterday! It must be an instictive thing to prep for winter. And it made my day sooo much better. I didn’t think about wax protecting the car, I will have to do that next payday. Also, I didn’t know I need to check the coolant in the winter. Thanks!

  8. Keely Hostetter

    Keep a blanket in the car as well as extra gloves and a hat- I am not good at this and know it can be essential

  9. I’d benefit from all of them, but the most beneficial would be 4 and 5.

  10. Emergency blanket.. I live in Montana.. it gets cold!

  11. I would benefit from cleaning it out!

  12. Carolyn A Colley (Griffith, Smith)

    I need to remind myself to always put an Winter emergency kit in the car, thank goodness my husband is great for making sure.

  13. I think 2,5,9, & 10,but really they are all important. I’m going to be sharing them w/ my daughter-in-law. Thank you for the tips!

  14. checking your wipers. It is really scary when you cant see!

  15. I like the tip a about checking out your wipers. I think I need new ones now.

  16. I think the best tips are cleaning your wipers for safe driving in the rain and always test your battery.

  17. checking fluids its very important

  18. Checking fluids

  19. Cleaning out the car.. yep it does make you feel like a new car!

  20. I’d benefit from 6.