The winter can be a harsh time for your poor car. You should treat it right this holiday season by prepping it with these cool winter-proofing tips.

1. Add a Fresh Coat of Wax to Your Car

Putting on a fresh coat of wax before all the snow, sleet, and frozen rain starts pouring down can help protect a car against damage from the elements in the sky and the salt and dirt on the roads. Road salt is very corrosive and can cause extensive damage to vehicles over time.

A can of wax costs ~$5 and can save you thousands in repairs later. Be sure to coat the lower parts and crevices of your vehicle, including behind the wheels, quarter panels, and front grille. Ice, snow, and salt tend to build up and stay in these parts the longest.

2. Use Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid

Not all windshield wiper fluids are equal. Ordinary fluid that you use in the spring, summer, and fall becomes dangerous in the winter, as it freezes upon contact with your windshield, affecting visibility.

When winter comes, switch out your normal wiper fluid for winter fluid. It’s a bargain at ~$5 for a 4-liter jug. Winter fluid is designed for harsh winter weather and won’t freeze on you. In fact, it helps loosen ice and snow from your windshield.

3. Put a Winter Supply Kit in Your Car

It might sound nerdy, but a winter supply kit is one of the most important things you can have in case of emergency. A kit full of winter supplies stashed in your trunk will give you peace of mind and can save the day if something goes wrong.

Here’s a possible list of items to get your emergency box started: blankets, a flashlight, road flares, a first-aid kit, a change of warm clothes, a pair of gloves, a radio, a charged cellphone, a bag of sand (for traction), an ice scraper, and some non-perishable snacks. A winter supply kit shouldn’t cost you too much money as a lot of it will just be spare stuff you have lying around the house.

There you have it, three tips to winter-proof your car. As you can see, it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money and can save you a lot of hassle down the road. Drive safe and have a happy holiday.


All credit goes to SK Automotive