February 19, 2019

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

With winter well on the way, it’s important that your vehicle is in the best shape to tackle icy roads and snowstorms. The unexpected can happen at any time when driving on unsafe conditions. And, if you don’t prepare your vehicle for the cold, wet climate, it can put a dent in your wallet.

Here’s the scoop on keeping your car tip-top until springtime rolls around.

Get Your Car Detailed Before the First Snowfall

While it seems backward to polish up your car’s appearance, it may be the key to keeping your car in shape through the winter.

According to a blog from the DMV, rock salt used to prevent ice on roadways can cause damage to your paint, muffler, exhaust, and even your brakes. To prevent damage to your car’s appearance and drivability, you should get your car detailed and serviced before hitting the wintery roads.

When it comes to preserving your car’s elegant gloss, waxing your car before the cold sets in will give it an extra layer of protection to last you through winter.

Fix All Cracked and Missing Glass

If your windshield has a crack, it’s crucial that you get it replaced before the cold weather sets in. Here’s why:

  • Cracks in windows may have a tendency to expand due to temperature change and the weight of snow.
  • Replacing your windshield in colder weather can affect the glass strength.
  • Cracked glass may lead water to leak into your vehicle and affect the quality of your car’s insulation. To prevent further damage, it’s crucial that you get the necessary repair or replacement.

If you need work done fast, don’t forget to check out our express service.

Know Someone With a Tow

This may be your ultimate saving grace if you ever find yourself (or your car) in a rut.

Having a reliable towing service to call is imperative when driving in winter because unexpected driving conditions can increase the likelihood of accidents. Plus, cold weather may affect your engine’s performance.

If you’re stuck in a ditch, caught in an auto wreck, or your engine fails to start, having a tow to call is convenient and less stressful.

Make Sure You’re Insured

Drivers in Wisconsin are legally required to carry auto insurance, and if you’re one of the many people who ends up in accident this winter, you’ll be glad you have it.

Poor weather conditions often lead to auto accidents, and snow is a common factor in most. According to statistics from the Federal Highway Administration, there were 219, 942 crashes from 2004 to 2014 due to snow and sleet. And, snow and sleet were the third most common factor in accidents, behind rain and wet pavement.

When you are involved in an accident and uninsured, you open yourself up to legal repercussions that stretch to more than just auto repairs.

Get Yourself and Your Vehicle Ready

As the winter months close in, it’s important to get your car in shape. The unpredictability of cold, wet, and weather doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, nor does it need to break the bank.

Contact Morgan’s Collision Center for repairs and maintenance. We’ll make sure you’re riding right into springtime.