Winter is upon us, which means months of short days, cold air and time spent by the fire. For many, especially those in the northeast and other harsh winter climates, winter means lots of ice and snow – both very dangerous conditions when driving. If you haven't already, it is time to make sure you and your vehicle are well prepared for the snowy months ahead. To learn how to winterize your 2017 Buick Enclave, follow the simple steps below.
Install Snow Tires
All-season tires can provide safe performance in all weather conditions. But did you know, winter – or “snow” tires – offer up to 50% more winter traction than all-season tires. This being said, before the first snow flake even lands on your tongue, it's a good idea to install winter tires on your Buick Enclave to ensure safety winter driving. Winter tires are designed specifically to improve performance and traction in snow and ice, as well as on cold, dry pavement. Winter roads can make it harder for your vehicle to brake efficiently. This is where winter tires come in very beneficial, providing more efficient braking in heavy snow and ice. They are able to do this because they are built with deeper treads that are made to “bite” into snow in order to provide better ground traction. They are also able to clear their treads of snow as they roll, which allows for a more consistent grip with the road.
Just as cold weather can feel hard on your body, it is also hard on your vehicle. This is especially so at start-up. To minimize winter hardships on your Enclave's engine, it's important to use the correct motor oil. Using the wrong motor oil can leave your vehicle's engine poorly protected. For example, in colder climates, oil is likely to thicken – a problem that leads to a lack of vital engine lubrication. To avoid cold-weather engine trouble, be sure to change your oil regularly. This means on time and at proper intervals. Also, be sure to use motor oil with the correct viscosity rating to reflect the colder conditions of winter. To find out the proper oil your vehicle requires for harsh, winter months, check your owner's manual or ask a professional.
Poor visibility conditions are a dangerous mix. This is why it is so important to check and change your vehicle's wipers before they begin to scrape, scratch and smudge your windshield. Investing in winter-specific wiper blades is an inexpensive way to keep visibility high during any winter storm. Also, be sure to supply your wipers with an adequate supply of washer fluid so you don't run the risk of running out when you need it most.
Another important winter tip to keep visibility high is to check your front and rear defrosters to ensure they are in working oder and will help provide a clear view of the road at all times.
Check Antifreeze Level
Antifreeze does exactly as its name suggests, which is stop a freeze. This crucial liquid is an essential part of proper protection for your vehicle during harsh winter months. Found inside your vehicle's radiator, antifreeze is made of a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. To ensure your vehicle has the correct amount and mixture of antifreeze, you can either purchase an inexpensive antifreeze tester or ask a professional mechanic for help. It is also a good idea to service your vehicle with regular radiator fluid flushes.
For more information on the 2017 Buick Enclave and other tips to winterize your vehicle, just ask us at Kelly Buick GMC in Emmaus, PA.
This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged Buick Enclave, 2017 Buick, 2017 Enclave, Buick Dealer, Winter Driving, Winterizing Vehicles on 12/02/2016 at 9:53 PM