Prepare Your Car for Winter With These Simple Tips: WaterSavers Giveaway

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I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

The International Car Wash Association (ICA) through its Wash With Watersavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less water and return clean water back into the environment.

Winter is a time to get together with family and enjoy the holidays, but getting ready for the change in seasons is no small feat. It takes time and planning to make sure your family and your home are ready to brave the elements.

But is your car as ready as you are? If you haven’t thought about preparations for your vehicle, these five simple tips will help you prepare for the colder months ahead.

· Check your tires. Before the roads get slick, check your tires to be sure they aren’t worn and that they are properly inflated. You should be able to find the proper tire pressure on the inside of your driver’s side door. Cold air will cause the air in your tires to compress and may cause your tires to lose pressure, so make a note to check again later in the winter.

· Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash. Putting your car through the car wash during the sloppiest season of the year may seem a strange idea 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. Besides protecting your car, you’ll also be protecting the environment. Professional car washes can 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 when you wash your car yourself. You can learn more about the environmental benefits of a professional car wash at

· Check your brakes. Your brakes will work harder once the icy conditions of winter set in. Make sure they are up to the task by bringing your vehicle in to your mechanic for a thorough brake inspection.

· Check fluids. In the winter, no fluid is more important than your coolant because, if you’re out of coolant, you’re out of heat. Your owner’s manual will tell you how much coolant you need as well and provide the correct blend. It’s also never a bad idea to keep an additional bottle of coolant in your car for emergencies.

· Winter emergency kit. If you find yourself stranded by the side of the road, a winter survival kit can be very helpful. Include an ice scraper/brush, extra blankets or clothes – including hats and gloves – snacks and bottled water and a first aid kit. A small shovel can come in handy if you get stuck and a bag of cat litter can be used to provide needed traction for your tires.

Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability, and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes. By planning ahead you can ensure that your family and your car will be in for a smooth ride all winter long.

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· WaterSavers Cold Weather Survival Kit that includes:

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74 thoughts on “Prepare Your Car for Winter With These Simple Tips: WaterSavers Giveaway

  1. I have an emergency bag with a BIG shovel. My tires are all good and the fluids are filled. the car is not all clean and shiny though. I live on a dirt road and things are never clean here.

  2. I just always make sure that I have enough gas and I also check the engine and the oil. I also carry with me ice melt and shovels.

  3. We keep all the fluids full, and try to keep the gas tank full, and plug it up at night to keep the fluids from freezing!!

  4. We definitely need to take care of all of this stuff – it's already started snowing here, and the de-icing chemicals from the roads really mess up our car.

  5. Hubby changes oil at 3, 000 miles and keeps the window washer fluid filled and he warms the car up when we go off my car runs like a charm

  6. We have the tire pressure checked and replace the windshield wipers if they are wearing out.

  7. My Husband takes care of truck maintenance. No winter maintenance is done because we are in Southern Texas for the winter.

  8. Our weather is usually so mild that we don't have to take any special precautions for harsh weather.

  9. I prepare for winter driving by making sure I have good wiper blades and that the windshield wiper fluid is topped off.

  10. Not usually we live in a relatively warm area so not a lot needs to be done differently with our cars in the winter

  11. I definitely keep more of an eye on tire pressure — I keep a gauge in the car and check it at least once a week.

  12. my husband keeps a pretty great emergency kit in our car and gets the snow chains on

  13. I always check the tire pressure and windshield fluids each weekend and try to keep the tank filled in the freezing cold.

  14. I try to bring my car to the car wash that doesn't use harsh soaps so that my car can get the under-carriage washed from salt and road junk. Helps keep the rust down.

  15. No but we really should, but it's so expensive, they always seem to find something wrong with it. lol

  16. I just definitely make sure to have a full tank of gas!! I also make sure the oil changes are kept up to date!

  17. DH regularly checks the engine and tires – we don't have that much cold weather here though

  18. I take my car to a garage and have it checked over and the anti freeze changed if it needs it

  19. I never let the tank go below half full for freezing issues. We also change the tires on one of the cars.

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