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How Do Cooler Winter Temperatures Affect My Vehicle?

When you own a vehicle in an an environment that experiences colder climates and harsher winters, it's important that you know how the colder weather will affect your vehicle. If you've recently moved to a new area that experiences lower temperatures and increased exposure to the elements, then you might be wondering how the cold will affect your vehicle, and what steps you can take to lessen the effects.

Cold weather can be the bane of even of the most attentive car owner if the proper steps aren't taken to minimize vehicle damage. As you might have heard, simple steps like allowing your car to warm up before beginning your morning commute can help prevent damage - however, experts no longer agree with this old myth. In fact, it's recommended that you should lessen the amount of time you warm up your vehicle in the mornings, as the engine will heat up faster when driving.

Colder temperatures bring snow, and ice and snow already have plenty of detrimental effects on driving around safely - we don't need to tell you that. However, one thing that you might not have thought of is the corrosion that can result from states salting their roads to give them more grip. Salt can build up in your vehicle's undercarriage, and result in rust forming on your sub-frame. This can result in the need for expensive repairs, but it can be prevented fairly easily through regular cleaning of your undercarriage.

Another thing to look out for in the winter months is tire health. Obviously, balding tires aren't safe at any time of the year, but the winter months lead to slippery roads, and make already sharp turns that much more treacherous. Make sure to always be checking your tire's state to make sure you're not taking any unnecessary risks when you go out for a drive.

If you feel that you might want to learn more about how cold weather can affect your vehicle, then feel free to contact us or stop by for an in-person visit! We'd love to let you know tips and tricks to better maintain your vehicle during all times of the year.