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Every car owner wants their vehicle to run smoothly as long as possible. Proper maintenance is the best way to make it happen. Car upkeep is always important, but even more so in winter. Read on to learn why it is necessary to focus on car upkeep in snow conditions and cold winter temperatures. 

Preventing road salt damage

While road salt is beneficial for melting snow and ice, thereby reducing the risk of accidents, it can damage your vehicle in the long run. You see, salt creates chemical reactions that can lead to the corrosion and rust of metal in your car. Rust can accumulate on hidden parts of the car and eat away metal gradually. While it can take years for damage to show, the best way to prevent it is through regular car upkeep during winter. To avoid having a dirty car due to salt and difficult weather conditions, make sure to add a layer of wax to the car’s exterior.

Improved safety

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 70% of roads in the United States are in snowy regions that get over five inches of snow each year. Annually, there are 900 deaths and 76,000 injuries in vehicle crashes during sleet or snowfall. Driving in winter can be dangerous, which is why car upkeep is crucial. That way, you can be confident the brakes are in good condition, and the tires have good treads. Sometimes cars have problems with brakes and tires, but these fixes are easy to repair at Anderson Auto Body & Paint and help improve your safety on the road.

Avoiding stress and frustration

It is incredibly frustrating to deal with a car that simply won’t start on a cold winter morning. Equally is frustrating when poor visibility on the road leaves you stressed out, hoping nothing bad will happen. Car upkeep in snow conditions helps avoid these problems. Maintenance can include basics such as ensuring there’s enough antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, functioning windshield wipers, and no problems with the electrical system and lights. 

Bottom line

Proper car maintenance in winter is important for improving safety and ensuring you stay warm and comfortable while on the road.