How to Protect Your Car in the Winter

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No matter where you live, your car will be exposed to a range of harsh environmental dangers throughout the seasons – especially in the winter. As temperatures drop, so do your vehicle’s defenses. It’s important to protect your car using special winter-specific treatments to shield the body, interior, and tires from weather-related damage and keep your automobile in tip-top shape.

Protection of the car panel from direct sunlight. Sun Reflector windscreen.

Car Body Treatments

When you know cooler weather is approaching, it’s best to plan ahead and treat your car preemptively as opposed to fixing damage after the fact. Cold weather can wear out body paint, so be sure to uphold a strict waxing regimen. 

Interior Treatments 

Just like the exterior of your car can wear in cold weather, so too can the interior. Keep your car’s interior sufficiently lubricated in the wintertime to prevent cracks on the dashboard, side panels, center console, and steering wheel. If your vehicle has authentic leather or synthetic leather seats, be sure to lubricate those as well. 

Tire Treatments

Boca Raton residents need not worry about snow storms or ice damage, but that doesn’t mean tires won’t be affected by sudden drops in temperature. Since South Florida weather tends to stay in the hot and humid range for most of the year, when bouts of cold dips occur, tire pressure can take a hit. 

 

Ever wake up one randomly cold morning after a sudden drop in temperature (10 degrees or more) to a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) alert indicating that your pounds per square inch (PSI) level is below the norm? That’s due to the fluctuation in temperatures. 

 

It doesn’t necessarily mean that your tires have lost air, but it does mean that the air within your tires has condensed from the cold weather. Once you get on the road, your PSI should stabilize, but there are times when it doesn’t. Keep a close eye on your TPMS and if it doesn’t return to normal after 15-20 minutes, head on over to the nearest gas station to inflate your tires to the normal PSI range.

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