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While it’s true most people take their road trips in the summertime, there is still plenty of fall and winter reasons to hit the road. The holidays will be here before we know it and the last thing you want to happen on your trip to grandma’s is a breakdown or flat tire. To prevent your car from breaking down on the side of the road, follow these three maintenance tips brought to you by your friends at Miles Towing Service.

Winter Car Maintenace Tips

1. Replace Windshield Wipers

Wiper blades need replacing more often than you might think. Even the best-performing blades start to lose their effectiveness after six months! Once your blades start to wear out, they will leave streaks or fail to clear large areas of the windshield altogether. This leads to compromised visibility and can put you and your family at risk as you drive down the road. Do yourself a favor and replace your wiper blades at least twice a year.

2. Get an Oil Change

Cold weather is especially hard on your engine. Motor oil tends to thicken when it gets cold, making it harder for your engine to run as it should. Check your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for oil changes. To guarantee that the system has the optimum amount of flow, replace the oil filter whenever you have the oil changed. Have the radiator and heater hoses inspected for cracks, leaks, or contamination from oil or grease while the car is in the shop.

3. Consider New Tires

The worst way to find out your tires are worn out is to spin out in the snow and wind up in a ditch. Therefore, if you’ve been meaning to buy some new tires, don’t put it off any longer because tire traction is crucial to your safety, and winter tires are often hard to find once the snow starts to fall. Look for a set that has high ratings in snow traction and ice braking, and remember that it’s best and safest to replace all four tires at once.

Following these tips should help you stay safe out on the road this cold season. However, if you do find yourself on the side of the road with car trouble, Miles Towing Service is here to help. Since 2013, we’ve provided tire changes, jumpstarts, and other services to motorists in Philadelphia, PA. Contact us at (215) 783-6919 right away for roadside help options.