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With winter fast approaching, we thought it would be a good time to share our Top 5 Winter Car Care Tips. These tips can go a long way in helping to keep you and your passenger’s safe on the road, during some of the harshest weather months of the year!

Nissan Winter Tips

Tip – Number 1:  Check Your Battery

Cold weather can have a draining effect on your battery.  Plus, when the temperature plummets, the battery also has to work harder to heat up the engine.  Therefore, if your battery is old, it’s always a good idea to book an appointment with our Service Department, so they can make sure it has enough charge to get you through the winter months ahead. 

Tip – Number 2: Check Your Tires

Just as the cold weather can drain your battery, it can also decrease your tire pressure.  That’s why it’s important to regularly check your tire pressure at least once a week.  Keeping your tires at the right pressure will only improve your vehicle’s ability to grip ice and snow.   If you are unsure of what the right pressure is for your tires, simply check your owner’s manual or the sticker found on the inside of the driver’s door. It’s also worth noting that most new Nissan models come equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which makes it easy to keep up with tire maintenance. 

You might also want to consider investing in winter tires, which have a more aggressive tread, providing you with more stability on the road when braking and driving in snow, ice, and slush. 

Tip – Number 3: Check Your Fluids

Making sure you have a solid supply of winter windshield washer fluid is essential in ensuring you have good visibility in the worst of snowstorms.  It’s also a good idea to keep an extra bottle in the trunk of your car just in case you run out.  In addition, you should ensure your antifreeze has been topped up before the cold weather hits.  Antifreeze is very important because it stops the water in the engine’s cooling system from freezing. 

Tip – Number 4: Check Your Lights

Chances are you will be driving to and from work in the dark during the winter months due to the time change.  Therefore it is essential that you make sure your indicators, brake lights, front lights, and rear lights are in good working condition. It is also important to make sure your lights are free from snow and ice before you head out onto the road.

Tip – Number 5: Check Your Emergency Kit

Winter weather could leave you stranded on the road while awaiting help to arrive.  That’s why keeping an Emergency Kit in your car is a must.   Your kit should include such items as a shovel, gloves, an ice scraper, a blanket, a flashlight, plus some food and drink supplies.  It’s also a good idea to make sure you have an extra phone charging cable. 

If you need to get your vehicle in good condition for the winter, or if you have any questions about how to properly prepare your car, please do not hesitate to contact us at Guelph Nissan today! We’ll be happy to assist you!

Photo Credit:  Nissan Canada