Get Ready for Winter with Columbia Lincoln

It looks like winter won't be skipping us this year in Longview, WA. Whether that excites you or triggers an instinct to hibernate, it's important to prepare your vehicle for the challenges that drivers face during this time of year. To help you and your vehicle breeze through winter and into spring, we compiled a list of winter car care tips. Listed below are a few things to do and keep in mind for an easygoing season.

1.) Give your tires extra attention

Trying to drive on cold, snowy, icy, slippery roads on tires that aren't in good enough shape or the right type is a recipe for trouble. Keep an eye on your tires' air pressure levels as cold temperatures will likely cause these levels to drop. If you were waiting for the opportune moment to switch over to winter tires, this is it. Winter tires are softer and more flexible, giving you better control on cold pavement and snowy roads. They also have wider, deeper tread specially designed to deal with snow and slush.

2.) Check your battery

A weak car battery in summer is very likely to be a dead one in winter. This can leave you stuck in your driveway when you have somewhere to be or stranded in the cold on the roadside. Neither situation is good. A quick voltage test at our service center will determine whether your battery has enough strength to withstand frigid temperatures. We can replace it for you if it turns out to be too feeble for the job.

3.) Top up your fluids

Your vehicle's various fluids are a large part of what keeps it running smoothly. While it's always important to keep an eye on them during any time of the year, you will most certainly want to make sure that you have enough windshield washer fluid so that you'll have it handy when you inevitably end up fighting through a snowstorm or a flurry of dirt and debris on the highway. Now is also a good time to get an oil change if it's been awhile since the last one.

If you need extra winter car care tips, we're always happy to provide more hints for getting your car ready for winter. If your vehicle needs winter maintenance, snow tires, or another kind of service, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our service center.

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