Don’t forget your car as you prepare for winter. To ensure you’ll get through the season uneventfully, an inspection will alert you to any potential problems and help keep you safe. Plus, there’s a couple ways you can also prepare for any sudden breakdowns or other issues that can happen on the road.


  • Get your battery measured to ensure it’s still keeping a charge. Cold weather means the battery has to work a little harder, which is why cars will die a lot in the winter.
  • Consider new tires if the tread is getting too low. You can also replace your regular set with one that’s specially designed for winter driving.
  • Get your oil changed. If it’s been awhile since your last oil change, then it’s probably time. You can always check your owner’s manual to see the recommended time between each change.
  • Get the brakes checked. Your brakes, when working correctly, will help you avoid collisions by stopping sooner. They should allow you to slowly deaccelerate and not make any concerning noises when pressing down.


  • Check your tire pressure often to ensure your tires are wearing evenly. Low tire pressure could also cost you more in gas by decreasing your mileage.
  • Replace your windshield wipers if they are streaking or just not working as well.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full so you’re always prepared in case you get stuck on the side of the road.

In general, there are also some items you should have in your car in case of emergency.

For Your Car:

  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Carjack

For You:

  • Blanket
  • Water
  • Medical kit
  • Phone charger
  • Flashlight and flare

We hope you stay safe and accident-free this winter. If you do have an unexpected car issue that causes you to be stranded on the side of the road, call the technicians at Superior Service Center. We have locations in Eagan, MN and Apple Valley, MN.