Whether you are new to the area or a native to Reno, getting your car ready for the winter months is essential. While we may not get as much snowfall as, say, Donner Pass, the long months of below freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your engine if you are not careful. If you are planning on buying a used car, this winterizing your vehicle is even more important. It will help prevent engine issues and can extend the life of your used Toyota or Ford. Some tips for winterizing your car include, balancing the mixture of antifreeze and water in your radiator, or switching your oil for something with a lower viscosity. These can help prevent breakdowns in lower temperatures and keep your car running longer. And if you are heading up to the mountains, investing in chains and/or snow tires is necessary for navigating the newly slick terrain that comes with snowfall. While the article below gives a comprehensive list of things to look for inside the engine, here are a few tips for behind the wheel.
Tips for driving in the snow
-Avoid sleepy driving. Winter roads demand a lot of attention and being tired or fatigued can greatly inflate your risk of accident.
-Try to avoid using your parking brake. In cold temperature, it can occasionally freeze up.
-Do not use cruise control on slippery or wet roads.
-Avoid warming up your car in an enclosed area or garage.
-Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Luckily, driving in Reno and Fallon is considerably easier than on the other side of the Sierras. With less snow on the ground and better quality roadways, there are certainly less dangers to look for. But that does not mean your car is free from the elements. Below freezing temperatures can still hurt your engine and black ice is possible even without snow. It never hurts to take a few extra minutes during your commute and focus on operating your vehicle safely. Especially because AccuWeather predicts another big winter for Tahoe, similar to winter 2016.
While you are thinking of ways to combat the elements, maybe this is the time to consider an upgrade to a 4WD. If you want to maximize your time on the slopes, or simply get out into the wilderness this December, come to Fallon Ford-Toyota and check out our awesome collection of Trucks, SUVs and Crossovers with 4WD options. We have tons of new and certified preowned vehicles for Reno and Sparks including the Ford Explorer, Escape, Edge and F-150! Our used Toyotas such as the Tacoma, 4Runner and Highlander are all great mountain cars and can get you to the slopes in no time! But even buying a new car, it is important to check the engine and make sure your vehicle is ready for winter!
Check out this article for even more ways to winterize your vehicle!
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