September 27th, 2021 by

MINI Driving in Snow

Summer has come and gone which means two things, pumpkin spice lattes are back and so is colder weather. This is also a time to prep your car for the pending winter. In our first blog of the month we outline a few important things to do to prepare your car for colder weather in Chicagoland.


  1. Check your battery

Your battery is an important component of your vehicle that can often get forgotten about when it comes to car maintenance. When it comes to preparing your car for winter, it is extremely important that you make sure you check your battery and replace it if needed. Car batteries tend to die in the winter due to added strain placed on them by the colder temperatures. We recommend you purchase a battery tester to make sure your battery is ready to go.


  1. Check your tires

Colder weather seemingly affects everything, and your tires are going to be affected when the temperatures drop. Tire pressure is dependent on your vehicle’s specifications, but typically, it’s between 30 and 35 PSI. Tire pressure can really drop in colder weather with every 10-degree reduction in temperature leading to tires losing one PSI of air. When tires are not properly inflated it can affect gas mileage and tire wear as well.


  1. Change your wiper blades

Colder and even sub-freezing temperatures can cause the rubber on some windshield wiper blades to become brittle and break. It’s recommended that you consider changing out your wiper blades for ones that are made for harsher climates. However, you can also just make sure that the ones you have are not too old and worn. It is recommended to replace your wiper blades every six months.


These are just a few tips on how to prepare your vehicle for winter. On the bright side, our service team at Patrick MINI can handle all of these tasks for you and can even recommend other service needs your vehicle may need to prepare for the winter. To schedule service with Patrick MINI online click here or give us a call at 847-230-8211.

Posted in Tips and Tricks, Winter