Wintertime Checklist for Your Car

There’s no getting around it: winter in Indianapolis is here. In the midst of all the bustle of the holiday season, take a little time to get your car in winter-driving shape. Remember that Joe’s Service Department is ready to make sure your car is ready to handle anything this winter can throw at it. Give us a call at (317) 405-8456 to make an appointment, or drop by at your convenience.

Driving in wintertime

1. Keep an emergency kit handy.

Everyone’s emergency kit may look a little different, but a few key things to keep on hand in the wintertime are a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, extra ice scraper, extra gloves, sand or cheap kitty litter (for traction if you get stuck in ice or deep snow), and a first aid kit. Toss a few packs of high-energy food like nuts or granola bars into your glove box or center console. If you’re going on a long road trip with your family, make sure you have enough blankets and supplies for everyone.

2. Check your tire pressure and tread.

Ice and snow can make driving hazardous, and having good tires is key to your vehicle being able to stay on the road. Make sure your tires are inflated to the levels recommended in the manual, or printed on the tire itself. (Here’s a place to find free air pumps in your area.) In addition, make sure your tire tread is adequate. Do the “Lincoln test” by inserting a penny into your tire’s tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to get your tires replaced. Contact our team at Joe’s Service Department to talk about your tire replacement options.

3. Check your fluids.

Make sure your antifreeze and engine coolant levels are where they need to be to keep your car running smoothly. Switch to winter-formula windshield wiper fluid, which won’t freeze to your windshield and actually helps melt ice. Get your oil changed to winter-grade oil at your next change.

Speaking of your next oil change, bring your vehicle to Joe’s Service Department for excellent, high-quality oil changes. Need other services? Our technicians also work on brakes and suspension systems, as well as tune-ups and standard wheel alignments. Visit our convenient location, or call  (317) 405-8456 to schedule an appointment.

Source: US News and World Report

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