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How to Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Damage
How to Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Damage

From Cher Murphy PR:

With winter in full swing around the country, vehicles in areas that get snow are subjected to more than their fair share of hardship. Winter is hard on vehicles, piling on the snow, sleet, salt, and more. But there are things you can do to help protect your vehicle from the harshness of winter.

“It is important to take steps to protect your vehicle during the winter because, if you don’t, it will likely lead to rust, as well as other problems,” explains Barbara Terry (www.barbaraterry.com). “Preventing winter vehicle damage is not thatdifficult, but it does take being aware of what needs to be done.”

To help protect your vehicle from winter damage, consider the following tips:

        Salt. It has been used to prevent ice on the roadways for decades. And while it is helpful for reducing accidents, it can be destructive to your vehicle, damaging the paint and causing rust. Before a storm comes, apply a heavy coat of wax to your vehicle, and then wash it regularly, when the temperatures are above 40 degrees, to keep the salt washed off.

        Fabric. Salt can also be tough on your carpeting and upholstery, especially if you have small children who may put their snowy feet on the seats. Protect your carpeting and upholstery by applying a fabric or upholstery guard.

        Fuel. Try to keep your gas tank full, or at least half full, throughout the cold winter months. This will help reduce the chances of condensation building up, which can lead to problems starting the vehicle.

        Cool. In the summer, many people get away with using just water for their coolant, but in the winter it is important to protect your vehicle by having at least half of the coolant be a good quality antifreeze.

        Wipe. Winter can be especially tough on windshield wipers. To protect yours, avoid trying to use them when they are frozen to the windshield. Instead, give the windshield time to warm up and defrost before using them. You will alsoneed to be prepared to replace them as needed, to maintain clear vision, and always maintain fluid levels.

Taking steps to protect your vehicle from winter damage can help it retain more value and keep it looking good. While storing it in a garage is ideal, not everyone has access to do so, making it even more important to take steps to help prevent problems.

“Once you start taking steps to protect your vehicle, it will become like second nature,” adds Terry. “And just think of how much better your vehicle will look, when the time comes for reselling. The effort really will pay off.”

Terry is an automotive expert, off-road racer, and author of the book “How Athletes Roll” (Comfort Publishing, 2010), which deals with famous athletes, the vehicles they drive, and the stories behind them. She is also a weekly syndicated national radio-show host, on a show based on her book, called “How Athletes Roll Radio.”