How to Prepare Your Jeep for Winter Driving

How to Prepare Your Jeep for Winter Driving

2022 Jeep Wrangler

Winter driving can be treacherous, especially if you’re not prepared. If you own a Jeep and plan on taking it out this winter season, there are some important steps you should take to ensure your safety, and the safety of others. At Mac Lang Orillia, we want our customers to have the best experience possible with their vehicles–so we’ve put together a list of five essential tips to help you prepare your jeep for winter driving.

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Change Your Oil

Your engine needs protection against the freezing cold of winter, so check your owner’s manual for recommended oil changes and follow those guidelines. Make sure that your oil is changed regularly and use an oil with a viscosity rating that is designed for winter temperatures. This will help reduce friction and wear in your engine, as well as keep it running smoothly in cold conditions.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

It’s always wise to have an emergency kit in case of a breakdown. This kit includes warm blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, jumper cables, road flares or reflective triangles, non-perishable food items such as energy bars and water bottles, and a first aid kit with basic supplies like bandages and antiseptic wipes. Additionally, make sure you have enough fuel to get where you need to go—it’s better safe than sorry! Also, consider including hand warmers or ice scrapers if necessary for the area you will be driving in.

Check Your Tires

Your tires should also be checked before heading out on the road in wintery conditions. Make sure they are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations; over-inflated tires can result in reduced traction, while under-inflated tires may cause poor handling or tire failure, which could lead to an accident. Additionally, inspect your tires for signs of wear or damage such as flat spots or cracks; these problems can worsen quickly in cold weather, so it’s important to take care of them immediately if found.

Check Your Battery

The cold weather can severely reduce battery performance, make sure yours is up to snuff by having it tested at least once each year by a qualified technician at Mac Lang Orillia Jeep Service Centre before winter arrives! A weak battery can prevent engines from starting properly, which means you could be stranded out in the freezing cold trying desperately to start your vehicle without success until help arrives (not ideal).  

Winter Wiper Blades

Finally, install new wiper blades specifically designed for winter weather before hitting the roads-they made these blades from strong rubber materials that resist freezing temperatures better than traditional blades do! This helps prevent streaks on your windshield, which can impair visibility; something that no one wants when dealing with icy roads!

Winter weather can put extra wear and tear on your vehicle if not properly prepared for it – but following these five tips from Mac Lang Orillia Jeep should help you get through even the toughest winter conditions safely! Be sure to check all fluids regularly throughout the season too so that your jeep runs smoothly no matter what Mother Nature throws at it! Don’t forget – we’re always here if you need help getting ready for winter driving! Give us a call today!