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Winter Car Care: How Do I Prevent Breakdowns In Cold Weather?

No one likes to experience car problems, especially during wintertime! Not only is it often uncomfortable – it can also be dangerous. Exposure to extreme cold can result in hypothermia and other serious health challenges, and this could be your experience if your car breaks down on the side of the road during winter weather. The way to prevent breakdowns in cold weather is to practice preventive maintenance. As industry professionals here at Tow Pro, we have recommendations to help your vehicle handle the elements. 

How Do I Maintain My Car Properly In Winter?

Here are a few simple car care tips to help you weather the storms:

  • Know how cold weather impacts your battery, especially if you drive an electric vehicle (EV). For gas-powered cars, test your battery before the temperatures drop and replace old batteries as needed.
  • Regularly check and top off your antifreeze, coolant, windshield fluid, transmission fluid, and engine oil levels.
  • Your brakes should be quick and responsive in snowy weather. Inspect them to ensure they’re in good working order, and check your brake fluid levels.
  • A working heating and defrosting system is essential for comfort and visibility during winter driving.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full, or plan your electric car charging schedule beforehand. For gas vehicles, maintain your tank levels to help prevent the fuel lines from freezing; this will also ensure you have enough fuel to heat the cabin in an emergency.

What Do I Do If I Experience A Breakdown In Winter Weather?

You need to know who to call if your car breaks down on the side of the road during the winter months. It’s not wise to wait until someone comes along; you might have to wait a long time, which can be dangerous.

Tow Pro is here to help you, no matter where you are in Middle Tennessee! We have locations all over the area and can get to you quickly. 

Our roadside assistance services include:

  • Lock-Outs
  • Tire change – fix a flat or install a spare
  • Battery jumpstart
  • Faulty ignition repair
  • Off-road recovery
  • Broken belt repair
  • Gas delivery
  • 24-hour emergency towing
  • Uprighting vehicles
  • Vehicle winching
  • Accident recovery and clean-up
  • Off-road recovery
  • And more!

If you are in the middle of the road or need your car towed to the nearest shop, contact Tow Pro at (615) 256- TOWS (8697). We’re happy to help however we can!

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