Do you hail from the Cockeysville or Hunt Valley area? If so, you're probably already entirely familiar with the harsh winter conditions we face annually. If you're a veteran when it comes to winter driving then you're probably an expert when it comes to vehicle winterization tactics. Only a few decades back, many sedans and wagons were designed primarily with pleasant driving conditions in mind and it was up to the consumer to properly equip their model for the winter months. Thankfully, modern cars, trucks, and SUVs now boast all-weather credentials and traits that allow them to start up in the bitter cold and tackle slick, snowy road conditions without much of a hassle. With that being said, there are a few points you should check up on to ensure your Volvo car, wagon, or SUV is running optimally and to its fullest potential before that first snowfall hits!

Winter Readiness Checklist

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  1. Check Your Vehicle's Battery: The most frequent winter-related issue we see here at our Volvo dealership near Bel Air and Timonium is dead car batteries. Essentially, car batteries require a certain temperature to generate power. No one enjoys trekking out through the snow to find their vehicle won't turn over and kick into gear! We encourage you to bring in your model to have one of our certified technicians run a quick battery load test to see if your battery needs replacing!
  2. Top Up the Windshield Wiper Fluid: Proper vision is obviously crucial to safe driving. In wintery-mix conditions as the roads turn to slush and salty and material is kicked up onto your windshield you need to be sure you have enough wiper fluid to wash away the grime to observe the potential hazards ahead. Replacing your windshield wipers and topping up the wiper fluid is a great place to start when it comes to winter readiness.
  3. Swap Out Your Summer Tires for Winter Tires: If you hail from an area like Towson or Baltimore then it's absolutely essential you equip your vehicle with tires that offer an appropriate amount of tread and grip. Snow tires are composed of a softer and plusher rubber than their summer counterparts meaning their lacking when it comes to fuel economy but can absolutely eat up the snow and icy road conditions with a problem. If you don't have snow tires, get in contact with our parts center as they'll be more than happy to find a set that'll provide you the peace of mind you deserve.
  4. Check Your Vehicles Fluids (Especially the Anti-Freeze Level and Mix): Anti-freeze is clearly an integral component when it comes to engine health and well-being. Optimally, the mixture between your anti-freeze and the water within your vehicle's radiator should be fairly equal to prevent freezing. While you can buy an anti-freeze test kit at pretty much any auto service station around town, we'd highly recommend bringing in your model to let our sharp-eyed mechanics give it a thorough test and run through.
  5. Get an Oil Change: To ensure your vehicle's engine is running properly, it's a great idea to have your model's engine oil level checked and changed if necessary. As temperatures drop outside the oil inside your vehicle's engine will become thicker and won't travel as optimally to all its running parts as well as it normally should. If you've been putting off an oil change, or have yet to complete one for your relatively new Volvo model, it's better to have it completed before an issue arises rather than later!
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