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auto maintenance December 14, 2017

Winter Weather Necessities

Winter weather in Northern Virginia, anywhere from Leesburg to Arlington, can be unpredictable and treacherous. The Washington, DC metropolitan area is no stranger to the occasional winter storm. Wiygul Automotive Clinic is committed to ensuring the safety of our customers, which is why we have put together an article to prepare you (and your vehicle) for what's in store this winter.

To begin with, it is imperative that the battery, alternator, ignition, spark plugs, and anti-freeze be checked prior to the start of the winter season. These items are responsible for starting your car. Ensuring that they are in proper working order will guarantee a smooth start even in the coldest weather. Performing regular maintenance, such as tire pressure and oil changes, is a must.

Although your vehicle may appear to be in working order, regular maintenance does not prevent your vehicle from a breakdown. Wiygul Automotive Clinic suggests that you equip your vehicle for unforeseen circumstances. BE PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. This may require you to think outside the box a bit. Essentials such as a flashlight, cell phone, charger, spare tire, tire jack, lug nuts, and medical kit are a given. Ice scrapper, tire chains, and kitty litter or sidewalk salt will help you battle the winter elements. Non-perishable foods, bottled water, extra clothes, blankets, and gloves will also come in handy if you have to wait for an extended period of time in the cold. A GPS, compass, and/or map will help you navigate the terrain if you are in unfamiliar territory and need to notify someone of your location.

We suggest that you stock your vehicle with these items before the start of the season due to the unpredictable nature of weather in the Northern Virginia area. This winter don't be left out in the cold. Contact Wiygul Automotive Clinic to winter-proof your vehicle today.

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