Best Ways to Protect Your Car from the Cold

We are well into November already; the smell of turkey is in the air, and cold, wintery frost has begun to settle in. You know what that means? It’s also time to get your car ready for winter and the cold temperatures we’ll be facing in the coming months.

In order to help you prepare, we’ve put together our list of helpful hints to protect your car from the cold.

  1. If you have a garage, use it. That’s right, it’s time for you to get out there and finally clear that precious space designed to protect your car from the elements. Not only will your garage keep your car protected from blowing objects, ice, snow, rain, and salt – it offers a space with a fairly regulated temperature.
  2. Check your battery. It’s no secret that freezing temperatures are rough on you battery. Before you get stuck somewhere with a battery that won’t start, make sure it’s not at the end of its life. Ideally, you’ll want to start your car at least once for 15 to 20 minutes every 24 hours to keep the battery charged.
  3. Check your tire pressure. As a general rule, your tires lose a pound of pressure for every ten degrees the outside temperature drops. Check and fill your tires often during the winter. Low tire pressure can be a serious safety hazard, impairing your car’s handling and braking abilities and reducing efficiency.
  4. Check your fluids. Check all your fluids, including oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake, and transmission. These can thicken up in freezing temperatures. Ideally, you’ll want to let your car run for ten minutes before driving to allow these fluids to warm up. Also, don’t forget windshield wiper fluid!
  5. Replace windshield wipers. The lack of good windshield wipers poses a serious threat to you and others. Make sure you have a pair that cleanly wipes away any obstruction to your vision.

Want more? has a comprehensive guide to getting your car winter-ready. If you still aren’t sure, stop by the Glenbrook Hyundai service department. We’ll make sure you’re ready for winter driving!

What other tips and tricks do you recommend for keeping your car in tip top shape this winter? Tell us in the comments!


Glenbrook Hyundai, a car dealer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a family owned and operated dealership. Located in Fort Wayne for over 20 years, Glenbrook Hyundai understands the value of a Happy customers. For the past 10 years, 62% of all Glenbrook Hyundai customers have been either repeat customers or someone referred in by a friend. The "Happy Car Store" theme came about a few years ago when Mark McKibben, the store's General Manager, decided to make buying a car at Glenbrook Hyundai different than every other dealership in the area. Some of the Happy Car Store advantages are: - a quicker sales process, no need to take hours to buy a car - Glenvrook Hyundai is a full disclosure dealership, every customer gets to see the price, taxes, fees, money down options, term options, trade figures...everything they need to know to make a well informed decision, with absolutely NO PRESSURE to buy. - The area's largest selection of new and used Hyundais - Service rewards cards, giving customers the opportunity to earn free oil changes, rental cars, complete details and more. - Service loaner cars - 100% customer oriented sales process - A Happy, No Worries atmosphere - And much, much more Stop in to see us at: Glenbrook Hyundai 4801 Coldwater Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825 260-484-9531 Or check us out on the web anytime at
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