Is Your Car Ready for Winter? How to Tell

Winter in the Cache Valley can be harsh. The snow, ice, and changing weather can be hazardous for unprepared vehicles. For your safety, your car must be winter-ready. But, how do you know that you have a car that is ready for winter? Here are five ways that you can ensure your car is prepared for whatever this winter throws at it. 


How to tell your car is ready for winter

Below you will find five essential ways to ensure your car is ready for winter. You can do all five, or just skip to number five. The specialists at Ethan’s Honest Automotive can perform the other four tasks for you so that you don’t have to worry about them. 


1) Check antifreeze levels.

Antifreeze is also called engine coolant. It is used to keep your engine at a consistent temperature. This function is especially important in extreme temperatures, such as during Cache Valley winters. If your antifreeze levels are low, your engine could struggle to work well in the cold weather. The water in your radiator may even freeze, which will damage your engine and prevent your car from starting. 



2) Check your battery.

If you do not drive your car often, you have probably already experienced the results of an uncharged battery. Batteries that have lost their charge make it impossible to start your car. You definitely don’t want to deal with this issue during winter in Cache Valley. Cold temperatures are harder on our car batteries than hot temperatures. This is why you want a professional to sign-off on the health of your battery before winter comes. 



3) Check your tires.

Tires are essential for keeping us safe during the winter. Bald tires or ones that have not been rotated and so have worn unevenly can be dangerous in the snow and ice. You may even want to consider snow tires for winter. We get enough snow in Cache Valley that snow tires may help keep traction up. 



4) Check your brakes.

In the mountains of Cache Valley, we need our brakes to work well all the time. But, poorly working brakes plus snow and ice makes for a very dangerous situation. Several issues may be affecting your brake performance. If it has been a while since a professional mechanic has taken a look at and replaced your brakes, you should have this maintenance done before winter. 



5) Contact Ethan’s Honest Automotive Service & Repair

In the winter, we need our vehicles to work optimally. The best way that residents of Cache Valley can ensure the performance and safety of their cars is by contacting Ethan’s Honest Automotive. We provide all the services you need to ensure your car is ready for winter. Plus, we will never provide a quote padded with extra, unneeded maintenance. When you use Ethan’s Honest Automotive, you know that the work you pay for is the work your car needs. 


Contact the specialists at Ethan’s Honest Automotive today and learn how we can help prepare your car for winter.