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Safety 101: Winter Car Prep Tips

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As we approach the coldest weeks of the year, one question that’s on the minds of many Livonia area residents is this, “Who can tell me how to prep a car for winter?”



Not to worry! The team at Victory Honda of Plymouth is here with a handy guide to some winter car prep tricks and good habits to keep you and others safe on the roads of Detroit and beyond! Remember to contact us via our online portal if you have any questions!

How to Prep a Car for Winter

As we prepare ourselves for the coming cold weather and icy conditions by bundling up— we too should be preparing our cars, trucks, and SUVs for the cold and hazardous conditions as well! Follow some or all of these handy winter car prep tips as you see fit, all in the efforts of enhancing your safety and winter driving experience:

  • Check Your Tread Depth – Use the ol’ “penny test” to determine whether or not your tread depth is good enough to keep you securely on the roads in slippery conditions. To do the penny test simply place the penny with Lincoln’s head facing you, and stick the penny all the way in the tread depth – if his entire head is visible while in the groove, it’s time to replace your tires.
  • Battery Test & Replacement – If your battery is aging poorly and you’ve noticed issues with starting your vehicle slowly, it may be time for a new battery. Stay ahead of the battery game by purchasing a backup battery from the parts team at Victory Honda of Plymouth.
  • Fresh Fluids Top-Off – This tip is handy year round, replacing the oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid or any other of your vehicle’s necessary fluids is always a good idea. It’s especially important in winter months to keep your coolant and antifreeze topped off and at the proper mixture ratio.
  • Heater Working? – Driving in the winter with a malfunctioning (or not functioning at all) heater can lead to distracted driving, let alone uncomfortable shivering. The service department at Victory Honda of Plymouth can help fix any heater issues you may have!
  • Get Winterized Wiper Blades – Winterized wiper blades are specially designed to withstand below-freezing temperatures and the added weight of snow. Investing in a set of them each winter is a low-impact investment that can keep you safer on the roads of Ann Arbor.

Victory Honda of Plymouth for All of Your Winterizing Needs!

Now you know a bit more about how to prep a car for winter thanks to those winter car prep tips – so now it’s time to get started! Our tenured team is located in Plymouth and is waiting patiently to greet you with a socially distanced smile! The expert service advisors and ASE Certified Mechanics that make up our service department are just the people you can trust to steer you in the right direction when it comes to advice on winter-proofing your vehicle! Call us during business hours and we’ll be happy to start getting you prepared for winter, no matter your budget!


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