Winter around our dealership near Cincinnati, OH can be rough. When winter weather sets in, drivers and their vehicles have to be in top form to stay safe on the roads. There are a few key steps you can take to make sure your car is ready when Old Man Winter comes calling.

Make sure your battery is in good working order. Your car battery is what starts your car, and it takes more energy to start your car when the temperatures drop. So if you’ve been feeling like your battery is nearing the end of its lifespan, the coming winter could be the end of it. And you don’t want to find that out in a parking lot with the snow coming down.

It’s also important to make sure your fluids are filled and properly calibrated for winter. For some vehicles, it’s recommended that you use thinner oil during the winter months. The right ratio of antifreeze to water in your coolant will prevent it from freezing. And freeze-resistant windshield wiper fluid will ensure you don’t create a sheet of ice when you go to clear off the windshield.

When it comes to staying on the road, you can’t understate the importance of good tires. Switching to snow tires for the winter months is a great idea. Not only do they feature a more aggressive tread pattern that better grips the road, they’re actually made of specialized rubber compounds that allow them to stay soft even in cold weather, which helps optimize traction.

Schedule a Kia service appointment here at Jake Sweeney Kia to make sure your car is ready to go for winter. And don’t forget about the Kia specials for the holidays going on now at our dealership. For more ways to stay safe on the road this winter, take a look through these winter driving tips from AAA.