5 Tips for Getting Your Nissan Ready for a Colorado Winter

December 21st, 2015 by

Titan in Winter

Winter’s low temperatures and slippery conditions make it important for drivers to get their cars ready for the season. By following these five tips from Woodmen Nissan you can keep your vehicle in top shape this year.

Have Your Battery Checked

Winter’s cold weather puts a lot of strain on batteries. Have your car’s battery checked to make sure it has plenty of life left in it. Otherwise, it could give out on you this winter.

Getting your battery checked is especially important if you park outdoors. Just because you have a warm garage for your car at home, however, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to think about your battery. A full day sitting in a parking lot or garage while you are at work could make it difficult to start your car to get home.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Most windshield wipers are designed to last about one year. Most of the damage, however, usually occurs during winter when freezing temperatures can make the rubber stiff and brittle. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when you need your windshield wipers to do the most work.

Replacing your windshield wipers before the cold sets in will help you avoid dangerous driving situations. You do not want to rely on old wipers when your windshield gets covered by ice, dirt, and snow. It won’t take much abuse for those old wipers to fall apart when you need them the most.

Get an Oil Change

Low temperatures will change the viscosity of oil, making it thicker and harder to do its job. If you haven’t already gotten an oil change do it as soon as possible. As the oil becomes sluggish it cannot coat metal surfaces as intended. That can lead to serious engine damage.

Think of it this way: you can either spend a little money now on an oil change or risk spending thousands of dollars getting your engine replaced.

Use Snow Tires

Most cars come with all-season tires that work well in most driving conditions. Colorado’s roads, however, demand quite a bit from tires during winter. If at all possible, you should have your Nissan fitted with snow tires that will offer better performance and safety.

Winter tires are made from rubber that remains flexible in cold weather. That helps them grip the road even when it’s freezing out. Many also have wide tread patterns that improve contact with the road. Whether you’re coming to an abrupt stop or just trying to merge with traffic, snow tires are a big help during winter.

Make a Roadside Survival Kit

Getting your Nissan ready for winter will help lower the risk that you get stranded on the side of the road, but nothing can eliminate that risk. Making a roadside survival kit will make sure that you can stay safe and warm while you wait for a tow truck.

Your survival kit should include:

  • Blankets
  • A cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Road flares or warning triangles

It’s always a good idea to visit a mechanic to take care of any winter-related issues. An experienced professional will recommend these and other services that your car may need.