As we draw closer and closer to the winter months, your vehicle becomes more susceptible to the elements than other parts of the year. As a result, we tend to see more traffic in our shop than usual.

While this is typically a wonderful season for spending time with the family, the cold weather can really take its toll on our cars. In this post, we will run down some of the most common car problems you may encounter as it gets chilly outside.

Dead Batteries

your vehicle becomes susceptible to the elements in winter monthsThis is easily one of the worst things you have to deal with during the winter. There are few things worse than trying to hurry to work on a cold morning and realizing your battery has died. Batteries require more energy than other components because more is demanded out of them compared to the warmer months.

One of the best ways you can avoid this problem altogether is by keeping your vehicle inside a garage. If you don’t own a garage or another vehicle is currently preoccupying the space, make sure you park with the hood as close to a building as possible to shield it from the wind.

There are also snow-specific covers out there you can purchase, but don’t bother with the cheap ones from the department store as you could risk damaging your vehicle’s paint job. Finally, store some jumper cables in your trunk in the event where you may need a jump-start.

Winter is one of the most common causes of tire pressure loss Low Tire Pressure

One of the most common problems our customers face during this period is the loss of pressure in their tires. It has been calculated where tires are able to lose as much as an entire pound or two of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. Not only are you losing fuel economy because of this, but your tires will also lose a significant amount of tread, making winter driving that much more hazardous.

Be sure to purchase a tire pressure gauge and check it regularly. They can cost as little as a few dollars, but their return on investment is significantly higher. Plus, it can instill a good routine you can continue to practice throughout the year. You may also want to consider winter tires if you live in an area with a heavy amount of snowfall.