Good heavens, we had an awful winter last year. So I’m expecting a much milder winter this year.
However, my expectations are often not met, and we could have another really bitter winter this year as well.
Either way, we’ve got to get ready because it gets really cold out there. And most of us leave our poor defenseless little car out in the cold.
That’s okay though, the car is made for the cold (and heat, and the rain, and other bit stuff we throw at it). However, our auto remotes don’t do as well in cold weather.
Why Getting Ready is a Good Idea
So, getting ready for the cold is a really good idea. Our car will last longer and be there for us when we need it rather than being all frozen up and everything.
Auto Readiness Checklist
Here are a few things that you can do to get your car ready for the winter.
- Get the car thoroughly checked either at the dealership or a trusted mechanic.
- Time for new tires? If you’re thinking about it, right before the winter is the best time to do it. Get those tires replaced and get the best tires you can afford.
- How are the interior mats? Mats don’t really contribute to the operation of the car, but they keep the car looking good so when it comes time to sell the car you may get a few extra bucks. If you can afford it, try the Weathertech Brand. They are very heavy-duty and they are made in America.
- Get some cold weather supplies for the trunk: ice melt, scraper, snow brush, small snow shovel, extra sweater or sweatshirt, a couple of bottles of water, jumper cables, a blanket and windshield washer fluid.
- Get replacement auto remotes. If the icons on your older remote are starting to wear away, get a new one and hang up the old one as a spare.
- Lock de-icer. Much of the traffic that I get to this site during the winter has to do with frozen locks. If you keep some de-icer in the glove compartment, you won’t have to search the internet looking for an answer to your frozen lock. You’ll have the answer in the glove compartment.
Auto Remotes – Plan Ahead
So there you have it. You don’t have to do everything at once. Start sometime in mid-September and plan to complete by Halloween. Then you’ll be ready for any bad weather in November, December, January, February and, hopefully not, March.
By the way, if you need any replacement auto remotes, give me a call or drop me an e-mail (nudge, nudge…wink, wink). I’ll get you a new remote at a good price and have you ready for the winter lickety-split.