It's that time of the year again! Whether you're traveling to see family or last minute gift shopping, it's immensely important to consider these safety tips to prepare your car for the Winter season. As the temperatures drop, it's easy to overlook the change in weather and thus forget to adapt to new driving conditions on the road ahead. 

At Ahl For Less, we are dedicated to serving our community's drivers and preparing them for whatever mother nature has to throw at roads from Lima to Delphos to Wapakoneta. Before you hit the slopes or the ice skating rink, check out our highly recommended tips on how you can prepare your car for the Winter.

Inspecting Your Vehicle for the Winter

Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the road, or a first-time driver, visually inspecting all around your car before you get behind the wheel is detrimental to your safety and the safety of others on the road:

    • Tire Health: As temperatures drop to freezing points, so can your tires' air pressure levels (measured in PSI). Temperatures can subtly change your air pressure level; typically as temperatures drop, the air in your tire may retract either triggering your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) indicator light or even causing low, deflated tires. Driving on low tires can be incredibly dangerous and costly, either resulting in premature wear on the tread or causing a blowout while driving, which can be especially dangerous on wet, snow and ice covered roads.

    • Indicator lights: With the Winter season, comes shorter daylight hours, icy road conditions, and poor visibility. Always check if all exterior lights are functioning, headlights and high beams are not only crucial for your own visibility, but brake lights and turn signals are critical to making other drivers aware of your presence on the road.

    • Windshield Visibility: Like all other fluids necessary to keeping your vehicle running longer, maintaining regular levels of windshield washer fluid is important as there is increased precipitation in the Winter, and road salt and melted snow residue which can create smudging and grime on your windshield. Additionally, early winter mornings can cause frost build-up on your windshield. For early morning commuters, it's crucial to avoid driving with frost build-up and to give yourself enough time for your heating system to defrost or defog your windshield in the morning.

Winter Road Hazards & Debris

As most of our Lima area drivers know, the Ohio climate can dramatically change and create road hazards to look out for:

  • The most notorious winter hazard, black ice is a thin, slippery, and almost always undetectable clear coating of ice that can often be found on the surface of roadways during the winter. You may be forced to react quickly if your vehicle loses traction unexpectedly.

  • Clearing snow and ice from both your windshield and roof is not only a detriment to your own visibility and safety, but to other drivers as well. Large chunks of ice or snow can become dislodged off your car and can damage other cars or cause collisions.m 
  • Large piles of snow built up by snow plowers, especially in more residential and suburban areas can easily block your view of corners, traffic signs, and obstacles like potholes or garbage cans, or even pedestrians and children. Always use caution when driving around large piles of snow, and adhere to speed limits. 
  • Adjust driving for shorter daylight hours and always check your local forecast. With winter comes shorter days and erratic weather conditions. Always adhere to your community's state of emergency broadcasts, and adjust your travel time accordingly. 
  • Most importantly, know your vehicle! Not all makes and models are suitable for snowy conditions. Know whether your vehicle is front wheel, rear wheel, or all-wheel drive. Even the most well-maintained vehicle can be undriveable in the snow if it's simply not designed for those weather conditions.

Get Routine Auto Service near Lima, Delphos, and Wapakoneta

From windshield to wheel tread, a good deal of safe driving year round means routinely maintaining your vehicle, especially as the weather shifts and your vehicle is exposed to more wet and corrosive conditions like ice, snow, road salt, and wet roads. 


Make sure your car is in peak condition for the winter, and schedule service appointments at your local Ahl For Less service center serving the Lima, Delphos and Wapakoneta areas. If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to contact us today!

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Ahl For Less

895 S. Cable Road
Directions Lima, OH 45805

  • Sales: 419-222-9999
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