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Winter Weather Car Care – Survival Tips

Disclaimer:  For the best tips about your car, for the winter or anytime of the year, your best source is your dealership’s Service Advisor. They are knowledgeable about your make and model and will always give you the best advice and suggestions to keep your car running smoothly and your family safe.


Winter is here! We all know it comes after fall every year but every year it seems to take us by surprise.  This year is no different.  The calm mild weather had been here for so long that when we got snow over last weekend we were totally caught off-guard.  At least I know my family and I were.  So let’s take a look at some of the things that you can still do to prepare your vehicles and yourself for the harsh winter months.

With winter here, these are 5 basic winter car care tips to keep your vehicle intact during the worst weather of the year. These may seem like no-brainers, but the truth is many forget about these simple tasks – that slip can end up costing you big time and no one wants that!

Tip #5: Be prepared It’s almost December, now is the time to make sure your car(s) are prepared for the winter. Ideally, this should be done mid-Fall so you give yourself time to make sure everything is ready – before it is too late.

Tip #4: Check your wipers and wiper fluid levels Working windshield wipers and a solid supply of wiper fluid will ensure that you have visibility in the worst of snowstorms. Wiper blades only last a year. If you don’t remember the last time you replaced them, it likely is time for them to be replace. Depending on how bad your winters are, you may want to equip your vehicle(s) with winter specialized wipers. Lastly, make sure your car(s) have wiper fluid with a low freezing point and maybe even a de-icing agent.

Tip #3: Change your oil and find the proper viscosity – For this tip it’s best to talk to your service advisor.  He/She can be your best source of information.   The cold weather negatively effects oil’s effectiveness. The cold climates will make your oil thicker, reducing engine circulation. This can be avoided by purchasing oil that is thinner than normal, most vehicles provide a winter oil viscosity (thickness) in the owner’s manual – along with other proper oil viscosity for the changing seasons.

Tip #2: Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. However, most motorists can perform routine care. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. A word of caution: Removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles, so always check your owner’s manual first. A great suggestion would be to have a professional inspect the battery.  This would avoid any danger, or car issues, that can come from inspecting a battery.

Tips #1:  Consider getting snow tires. Yes, you read that right…Snow Tires.  (Especially, if where you live is below 45 degrees all winter.)  Snow tires are made of a softer rubber than all-season tires which allows them to retain flexibility, even in the coldest of cold. Tread patterns on these tires also allow for exceptional grip in the snow and ice. However, snow tires aren’t an instant-fix. They won’t remove the chance of slipping and sliding in your car, but they do provide more traction than standard tires.

Now that we have some car care tips covered, let’s talk about what you should have in your car in case you become stranded or stuck in the snow.  There are a few key items that you should round up and put in a box or basket in your trunk. Hopefully, you will never need them but if you do, they are there.  If you regularly travel with more people than yourself please make sure you pack accordingly.

Essential items to include in a winter survival kit, according to a combination of recommendations by Wisconsin Emergency Management’s Ready Wisconsin initiative and survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt’s OutdoorSafe website, include:

  • Bottled water (at least four quarts)
  • Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars
  • Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars
  • Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Folding knife and multi-tool
  • Emergency flares
  • An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap
  • Winter boots
  • Toilet paper
  • Cellphone and charger
  • A space blanket
  • A spare blanket or sleeping bag (again pack accordingly to the number of people normally in your vehicle.)
  • A portable radio with spare batteries
  • Tow rope
  • Nylon cord
  • Flagging tape
  • Chemical hand and body warmer packets

Don’t forget the kitty litter to use as a traction agent, jumper cables and maybe even a small shovel to dig out if necessary.

It’s always a good idea to let someone know when you are leaving and what route you are taking if you have to travel in a snowstorm. Of course, the safest thing would be to stay home until it stops and roads are clear.  Make sure you have plenty of gas!  If you do get stuck, call for help.  Don’t over exert yourself and never ever leave your car and walk for help.

Most of all don’t panic!  The calmer you are, the calmer your passengers will be and the less stressful it will be on all of you.


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Anderson Ford of Clinton supports the Clinton Maroons Football Team!!!

Are you ready for some Friday night football?!?!

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Head on out to Clinton High School and cheer on the Clinton Maroons coming off their 67-35 win over Flanagan last week.

Make sure you stop by the Drive 4 UR School tent and sign up for the halftime “Kick it to Win” contest. The person who kicks the farthest field goal by the last home game will win a 40″ TV!!

Be sure to set your sites on the field for the halftime show! The M-Squad will be hosting the Clinton Elementary Schools 2nd-5th grade girls Cheer Clinic. These are so fun and the girls are so cute! Have a great night!



**8th Annual Car Show** Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Anderson Ford’s 8th Annual Car Show     (Printable Flyer)
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
1001 State Highway 10 West, Clinton IL
Time:  8:00am-3:00pm

Music & Food available

50/50 Raffle – Door Prizes – Dash Plaques for the first 50 Entries
Awards for Top 25 and Best of Show – Participant Voting!!
DynoJet Shootout!!  $50 Entry Fee – Paid back to 1st & 2nd Places

Special Guests this year include: John Clor from Ford SVT and Von Hot Rod -World renowned Pinstriper.



You’ve read his columns in Mustang magazines for years. You’ve seen him talk Mustangs on “The History Channel and “SpeedVision.” You may even own his limited-edition, sold-out hardcover history book “Mustang Dynasty.” Now – you can meet him in person! Noted auto journalist and author John Clor, a former SVT PR man who today manages the club outreach program and enthusiast website content for Ford Racing, is hosting a Ford Racing Meet-n-Greet at our carshow. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of Ford’s best-known Mustang spokesmen at the Ford Racing tent!



For the last 19 years Von Hot Rod has put on many Hotrod and Kustom shows. One in particular is the “Von Hot Rod’s Pinstriper Reunion”. Held in Pomona, Calif. The Stater Bro. Route 66 , Von puts on “Von Hot Rod’s Shindig” a 50’s style Hotrod & Kustom Rock-a-Billy show. On ESPN-2, Hot Rod TV airs His Pinstriping show. He has been feathered in numerous magazines, As well as books. At the Annual Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous Von was the Honored guess, He was the inductee for the 2007 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame representing Pinstriping. In 2008 Von organized the Silent auction for SEMA, In Las Vegas, Von Has now started “Von Hot Rod’s Pinstriping Circus”. A traveling Pinstriping show that attends Hotrod and bike shows around the country and helps raise money for charities. The TV show “Car Warriors” on SPEED used his Pinstriped shift knob, 6 of the winning cars have all had his shift knob. And what is the latest out of Von. at SEMA this year, Von has a new line of goodies making a appearance in the new product section. Stamped Steel small block Chevy Pinstriped Valve covers. A line of VHR Jewelry. And from MAC Tools 4 limited collectable Die cast Hotrod cars designed by Von.


Plus, The Fairlane Club of America will be here showing their ’62-’76 Beauties!!

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