Winter Car Care Tips | Vestal NY | Near Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca

When the temperature outside drops, the way you maintain your vehicle changes. Car maintenance is important in general, but do you know what steps you need to take to prepare you and your vehicle for winter?

That's why, here at Serafini Nissan, we made this list of ways to prepare you for the colder months. Keep reading to continue enjoying your driving experience and safety on the road.

5 Types of Winter Car Care


Be sure that your battery is in solid shape for the colder months, as a bad battery will leave you stranded in the cold if it dies. Having a volt test performed on it will give you peace of mind or inform you that you need a new one.


Keeping your fuel tank partially full will help you in the winter for many reasons. A full tank keeps water from freezing inside your fuel pump. It could also aid you in staying warm by permitting the engine to run if you ever get stuck.


The coolant in your vehicle is very important, since it keeps the engine from freezing in colder temperatures. Most mechanics advise that drivers put a half and half mix of coolant and water in their radiators.

Tires/Tire Pressure

Winter tires are usually more flexible during lower temperatures, which can supply better traction when you want to stop on cold pavement, even without snow. Additionally, tires lose up to one pound per square inch of tire pressure with every 10-degree drop in the temperature. Your car can be unpredictable when your tires aren't inflated enough, so keeping up with your tire pressure is important.


Don't want to be scraping your windshield in the morning? Make sure your defroster is in working order.


We highly recommend keeping a survival kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency. While this isn't a car care tip as much as a preparation tip, it will make all the difference in the world if you end up stranded. Everyone should consider a survival kit, especially if they do a lot of driving through rural areas or live in a rural area. Your kit should be stocked with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and a cellphone charger.

If you have any questions about maintaining 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 Serafini Nissan at 3101 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal, NY 13850. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Vestal, NY, and throughout Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca.