Winter in Savannah may not exude the warmth and sunshine of summer, but unlike its northern neighbors, the southeast is typically free from major snowstorms or icing events. That said, car maintenance in winter is still important, and preparation is the key to keeping your automobile running smoothly and efficiently. Though winter doesn’t last long in Georgia, it’s important to keep your vehicle in great shape to avoid damage and to maintain its reliability all year long. Fortunately, practicing effective winter car maintenance is easy – with the help of Savannah Car Rentals, you won’t miss a minute on the road!
Monitor Your Tire Pressure
Colder temperatures oftentimes mean lower tire pressure – it’s a telltale sign that winter is coming when that warning light illuminates on your dash! As temperatures approach freezing, the air in your tires (and everywhere else) becomes denser. As those molecules join together, your tire pressure decreases. Not only is prolonged low tire pressure bad for your tires in general and causes long term damage, but it greatly reduces their effectiveness. Be sure and check your tire pressures whenever you see that warning light, and add (or remove) air as needed.
Check (and refill) your Anti-Freeze
Believe it or not, car engines utilize water and other liquids to function properly – you can imagine what happens to that water when temperatures dip below freezing. Anti-freeze is an additive used to stave off freezing, allowing your car to function properly and start easier in the winter months. If ice builds up in your system, your car won’t run until it’s thawed, and you’re at risk for serious damage to your engine. Make sure your engine has enough anti-freeze before the temperatures drop, and add an appropriate amount if it’s low.
Get an Oil Change
During colder months, the oil in your car can condense to a point where it’s no longer able to allow the moving parts of your engine the ability to move freely. This can cause poor performance as well as damage. It’s recommended that you select an oil with a lower viscosity, or thickness, in preparation for the cold weather to avoid damage and car trouble. Your car should receive an oil change roughly four times a year, so just before winter is the perfect time to get it done.
Savannah Car Rentals Has You Covered
Winter car maintenance is an important practice, even in balmy Savannah. If your car is in the shop in preparation for the cold weather, Savannah Car Rentals has you covered. With locations in Savannah, Hinesville, and Statesboro, you can conveniently rent from our large fleet of low mileage, late model Nissans. Low daily rates start at $24.99, plus we offer a 10% discount for students and active duty military can waive the security deposit. You can even take advantage of an opportunity for an extended test drive of new model vehicles. Stay ahead of the game and practice effective winter car maintenance – call Savannah Car Rentals to keep you on the road!