Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Weather

Here in Lodi, WI, winter can be an extremely challenging season for your vehicle. Not only does it have to battle the elements, but the grit and salt that provide traction on icy roads can corrode the exposed metal of the undercarriage and any chips in your car's paint finish.

As the days grow colder in Waunakee, pick an afternoon to thoroughly wash and wax your vehicle in preparation for winter. Schedule an appointment to have a set of winter tires installed and change to a lower viscosity oil if you need it. If your windshield wipers are getting older, replace them with an aggressive winter style that can clear heavy slush. Make sure your engine fluids are full.


Be Prepared in Prairie du Sac

You should always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes things like jumper cables, a flashlight, a first aid kit, tire sealant and emergency road markers. Winterize the kit by adding a warm blanket, a folding shovel, non-perishable snacks and water. A heavy bag of cat litter in your trunk can help to add necessary weight over the wheels and can also be scattered on slippery surfaces for more traction if you get stuck. 

One of the best tips for drivers in DeForest is to downshift rather than riding the brakes on ice and snow, as this can cause you to slide. Downshifting slows vehicle speed more predictably, allowing the driver more control over the vehicle's trajectory. Practice braking safely in an empty parking lot on the day of the first snowfall to refresh your skills and to remind yourself how your vehicle reacts to driving on slippery surfaces.

Ford Vehicles for Winter

The best Ford vehicles for driving in the winter will include SUV models like the Explorer, Edge, Escape, and Flex, which all offer available four-wheel drive for the best traction. Ford's F-150 pickup truck is another sturdy choice for winter driving. Even the sedan models like the Focus, Taurus and Fusion offer all-wheel drive on some trims and can navigate most conditions confidently.

Schedule an Appointment at Bushnell Ford

To have your vehicle inspected for winter preparedness, make an appointment with the Bushnell Ford service center, serving the Sun Prairie community.

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Bushnell Ford Inc.

205 S Main Street
Directions Lodi, WI 53555

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  • Monday 8:00AM - 5:30PM
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  • Saturday 8:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Sunday Closed