The whispering sound of fallen leaves descending to the Earth symbolizes more than just a colorful Autumn in Amherst, NY. It makes way for the impending cold and ushers an invitation to the harsh New York winters we've all come to know and love. Here at Northtown Volkswagen, we want our customers in Tonawanda to be prepared for the upcoming winter season. Just as you'd layer your body up with warm clothes, a hat, and gloves to battle the cold weather, your vehicle requires a similar base-layer of winterization protection.

Five Tips to Winter-Proof Your Vehicle

1. Install Winter Tires

Depending on where you live in Williamsville, winter tires may be of exceptional help to you and your vehicle. Snow tires, or winter tires, are engineered with more flexible rubber that adheres to slippery surfaces like ice and sleet. If you drive a less-capable, front-wheel-drive sedan, installing winter tires is a must if you plan on traveling this winter.

2. Check Wiper Blades

As the snow starts to fall, you want to make sure that your wiper blades are working properly. Replace any hardware that's rusted or broken, and replenish your wiper blades with a new set for the winter. Also, be sure to check and refill your windshield wiper fluid periodically throughout the season.

3. Pack Emergency Kit

To avoid getting marooned on the side of the snow-banked highways in Buffalo, we recommend packing an emergency kit to keep inside of your vehicle. This kit can be small but should include the essentials, including non-perishable food, water, extra warm clothes, jumper cables, a small shovel, flashlight, etc.

4. Oil Change & Fluids

Our service team at Northtown VW is currently accepting winter service appointments to help you prepare for the changing seasons. It's wise to get your oil changed this time of year, as well as replace your oil filter. We'll take care of that for you and also check your other fluids to ensure nothing is damaged, leaking, or needed to be topped off.

5. Check Exterior Lights

When visibility is low on the frost-ridden roads near Niagara Falls, NY, it's helpful to make sure that your exterior lights work. Bright exterior lights, both front and rear, not only help you see better but let oncoming drivers see you. This makes for a safe and serene environment for everyone when traversing through less-than-ideal weather conditions.

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