Sacramento might not be the worst place for winter weather, but there are still some considerations that you will want to keep in mind as even colder weather approaches! Many of us like to take winter road trips and day-treks up to our local National Parks. Having your vehicle ready for the road will ensure that you and your family are prepared for winter. Here are some things to consider when getting your vehicle ready for winter, so you and your family can have the time of your life on your winter day trips!
Living in the sunshine state, we get used to long periods without rain. One of the most overlooked pieces of vehicle safety in California is rain-preparedness and tire health. We experience periods of heavy rain, icy conditions, and muddy surfaces. You want to make sure that your vehicle is ready at the moment. Here are a few reasons why we think that winterizing your vehicle is always a win.
Windshield Wiper Blades - Your wipers are one of the first things you should consider when preparing your vehicle for winter! As temperatures drop, your windshield is likely to frost over or freeze, especially in the mornings before your leave for school or work. Beyond that, you want to be prepared for rain and keep you and your family safe on the road!
Tires - You will want to check the health of your tires and make sure they are ready to handle the slippery, wet, and sometimes icy conditions you might encounter! As the likelihood of rain becomes more constant and the road conditions get more dangerous, you want to make sure that your tires are healthy and that you have the right tires for the conditions ahead!
Chains - Speaking of tires, if you are considering a trip up to the national parks, make sure you have a set of "Tires Chains," AKA "Snow Chains." While it might not snow in Sacramento, you can expect to encounter snow in the higher elevation areas. Grab yourself a good set of tire chains and be ready in case you get stuck!
Belts and Hoses - The changing seasons can be brutal in the Central Valley. Exposure to extreme summer temperatures and the cold winter conditions that follow can damage your vehicle's belts and hoses. The belts and hoses expand and contract with the weather, and all that movement can cause cracking and leakage.
The holiday season is approaching fast, and many of us will be hitting the road to visit friends and family. It is important that your vehicle is ready for the trip, so you can get there safely. Wind, rain, snow, and mud can be expected in the valley, and it is best to have the right tools for the job when encountering these conditions!
When you are getting your vehicle ready for winter, be sure to visit The Auto Experts in Sacramento, CA. Our team of ASE-Certified Auto Technicians is here to help you get ready for your holiday trips. Visit our website and schedule an appointment to prep your vehicle for winter weather. We look forward to inviting you to be a part of The Auto EXperts family. Also, don't forget to follow us on Facebook!