With Christmas just around the corner and the official start to winter tomorrow, the team here at your Acura dealers near Boston, Acura of Peabody, wants to help you prepare both yourself and your vehicle for winter driving! After last year’s record setting snowfall and freezing temperatures, we want to ensure that you are ready to go in case that happens again! It’s important to know that climate changes affect your car and how it operates. For starters, we recommend taking note of at least three things: engine oil and fluids, tire pressure, and emergency preparedness.

For instance, the oil in your engine depends on how hot or cold your engine is running. Outside temperatures can influence the internal temps for your engine, so you want o make sure you’re using the proper oil for the conditions. When temperatures have the chance to get below freezing, you’ll want to switch over to a thinner oil. Or at the very least speak with your mechanic about doing so.

It’s also important to note that cold temperatures affect your tire’s PSI in a different way than warm temperatures do, so you’ll need to adjust your air levels. You’ll also want to check your tires tread level to ensure that you have tires that can handle the elements. If the tread is too worn down, you’ll want to get those tires replaced before any winter storms.

We also highly recommend stocking your car with an emergency preparedness kit that has a few basic supplies in case of an emergency or collision. Not only will you want to make sure that your spare tire is in good shape, but you’ll want your kit to include flares, extra blankets, warm winter boots, extra winter clothes, non-perishable food items, bottled water, a cell phone charger, and a first aid kit.

If you have any questions or concerns about driving in winter weather, make sure to contact Acura of Peabody to speak to a member of our team! We also highly recommend getting a routine maintenance check before the weather starts to turn and our experienced and trained Acura service center can help you with that!