Winterized Vehicles Matter for Portland Drivers

Winterized vehicles mean savings and safety


Winterized vehicles can make a big difference in your winter expenses. The costs of gifts, travel and increased energy use mean most drivers want to avoid major costs to stay on the road.

Larry’s Transmission is here to help. Check out our ideas below on how to keep your car in great shape during the cold months.

Just what are winterized vehicles?

Winterizing is just what it sounds like — getting ready for winter. Drivers must get ready for freezing nights, constant fog, rain, snow and icy roads.

December is just the start of this risky driving season. It is important to be ready for the rest of winter, which in the Pacific Northwest could last as late as April.

Is a winterized vehicle really that much safer?

Absolutely. If you do not plan ahead, here are some risks your car, SUV, truck or other vehicle will face:

  • Unable to start after freezing overnight temps
  • Poor brake, transmission, alignment or suspension performance
  • Low visibility due to less daylight and more fog
  • Freezing wear and tear to your engine, chassis or other systems

How should drivers winterize vehicles?

Basic steps on your own

  • Keep your fuel and oil levels high
  • Park in a garage or covered area as often as possible
  • Plan to wake up earlier than normal to start the car and get it warmed up
  • Check your brake lights, head lights, fog lights and blinkers every week

Steps for a mechanic

  • Check air pressure and pump up, rotate or replace tires as needed
  • Use a voltmeter to test battery charge and service the battery as needed
  • Top off all fluids
  • Make sure all hoses, belts, ducts and vents are snug and not leaking

Make sure that you have an emergency kit with a flashlight, a radio, extra batteries and first aid supplies somewhere in the vehicle. You may also want to keep blankets and some basic food rations on hand just in case you break down in a remote area.

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