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Time for Winter Vehicle Maintenance

The cold, wet weather is nearly upon us so it's time to prepare your vehicle for the winter season. We've collected some valuable tips to get you ready for the upcoming rainy season.

Prepare for Rain

El Nino promises a heavy rainy season this year which means you'll want to have reliable windshield wipers and a new coat of water repellent added. It's always best to apply water resistant solutions before the cold comes in. Be sure to refill your windshield wiper fluid too.

Check Your Tires

Wet weather means slippery roads so you'll want your tire traction to be secure. That means getting your tires inflated to the appropriate level, perhaps a rotation, or even new tires if the tread is too worn. Always remember to drive a bit slower atop water because hydroplaning is an extremely common occurrence and frequent cause of accidents. It's also a good idea to keep a bag of salt, sand, or cat litter on hand for worst case scenarios, and snow chains if you live in a snowy area.

Replace Antifreeze and Oil

Having your car seize up on a cold morning is pretty much a nightmare. Check and refill your antifreeze before this happens. Check your oil too while you're at it. This should be a semi-regular habit regardless.

Test Your Battery

A weak battery can become a real problem in cold weather. Don't let it get to that point. Take your vehicle in for a battery test by a local auto specialist and get a new one if it's too old. If you're stuck with a weak battery, be sure to keep the battery posts clean and jumper cables in your trunk, otherwise you'll want to have our number on hand instead (530 345-6333 ;)

Get a Roadside Emergency Kit

Emergency roadside kits typically hold road flares, safety triangles, engine oil and other useful fluids, an ice scraper, a shovel, first aid materials, and sometimes even cold weather gear. It's always a good idea to have one regardless of the weather.

Other helpful items to have on-hand are: blankets, a spare tire, fire extinguisher, foam tire sealant, a flashlight, gloves, a multi-tool, drinking water, and nonperishable ready-to-eat snacks.

Finally, if you should ever need roadside assistance in Chico or Paradise, remember that you can always give Brown's Towing a call at 530 345-6333!

We're always ready to come through for you! Be safe this winter!