It feels like winter is just getting started here at our dealership near Manchester, CT, with plenty more pummeling to come from the cold weather. It’s crucial to make sure your car is ready for everything Jack Frost has in store so you don’t find yourself broken down on the side of the road in the freezing cold.

The DMV has put together a great guide for how to winterize your vehicle. And guess what? We can take care of plenty of the recommended services right here in our Mazda service center.

First up: the battery. Did you know that battery capacity actually goes down when the temperatures drop? If you know your battery is nearing the end of its life, but were waiting a while longer before replacing it, be careful. The cold can cause the battery to cut out a lot sooner than you were expecting.

Our Mazda parts center can get you set up with a new battery so you can drive with confidence. And if you’re unsure just how well your battery is doing, we’ll give it a thorough inspection, checking on the voltage remaining and the reliability of cables, terminals, and fluid.

We’ve talked about being stranded outside your car because it won’t start. But what about being stuck because you can’t get into your car in the first place? Door locks can actually freeze closed in cold weather, and we’ve known drivers who’ve broken their keys trying to chip them open. Glycerine is great for de-icing, and always a good idea to have on hand—stored outside the car, of course.

But even the best laid plans tend to go awry. For that reason, it’s always a good idea to have a winter safety kit packed and ready to go. A bag of sand, a shovel, an ice scraper, flares, a cell phone battery, and warm clothing are a good start.

Stay warm, stay safe on the road, and come to Liberty Mazda for help winterizing your vehicle.