Winter Car Care Tips | Dry Ridge KY | Near Florence, Cincinnati & Lexington

Winter Car Care Tips in Dry Ridge, KY

As winter moves in, your car needs special care that isn't required during warm weather. You'll need to check coolant is filled up and your defrosting system is working properly. You usually don't need to worry about these parts, but they are vital when the temperature drops. We want to keep you informed about how to care for your vehicle, and ultimately save you time and money. So we've created a list of winter car care tips.

5 Types of Winter Car Care


Make sure your battery is in good condition, since you could end up stranded in the cold if it dies. Having a volt test performed on the battery will let you know if it's working or needs to be replaced.


There are two reasons to keep your fuel tank full during winter. One, a full tank prevents water from freezing inside your fuel pump. Two, it will enable you to stay warm by running the engine if you get stuck.


Coolant stops your engine from freezing in cold temperatures, so be sure it's filled to the proper levels. Most mechanics recommend putting a half and half mix of coolant and water in the radiator.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Because winter tires stay more flexible, they can deliver better traction in low temperatures, even when there's no snow. Your tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Your car is less predictable when your tires aren't inflated enough, so keeping enough air in them is essential for safety.


Don't want to scrape ice off your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster works properly.


We strongly suggest that everyone keep some type of survival kit in their vehicle for use in emergencies. It will make all the difference if you become stranded. While all drivers should consider a survival kit, it's a must-have for those who live in or travel through rural areas. Your kit should have a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket, a cell phone charger and a first-aid kit.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle during the winter or need a service check-up to make sure everything is running properly before the cold sets in, contact us or stop by Marshall Dry Ridge Toyota at 9 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge, KY 41035. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Dry Ridge, KY, and throughout Florence, Cincinnati and Lexington.

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