We know the winter weather can take a toll on the roads, but the cold conditions can also do some damage to your vehicle.
In order to keep your car in good condition throughout the season, keeping a close eye on your tires is key. The temperature changes can cause tires to lose air pressure. Tires that are not fully inflated do not have the same grip on the road and can put you at higher risk of an accident on curvy or snow and ice covered roads.
It is also important to stay on top of your car's fluids and oil changes so you are not at risk of being stranded on the side of the road.
"If they're rolling around on low tires or if they're bald tires or anything like that then they risk sliding off the road or losing traction or anything more in ice and snowy conditions," said Jason Duvall, and Automotive Instructor at the University of Northwestern Ohio. "If their fluids and everything aren't changed and up to dead on their services, then they risk possible mechanical breakdown and we all don't want to be stuck on the side of the road in these types of temperatures."
While there is nothing wrong with warming up your vehicle for 10 or 15 minutes, you should avoid speeding up the defrosting process by taking matters into your own hands if you find windows or doors to be frozen shut.
"What's happening is your door seals are getting wet, maybe it was a little bit warmer during the day and some ice or snow melted and it got wet on the door seals," said Duvall. "I've heard of people trying to dump hot water or something on it to try to thaw it out but that's really probably not a good idea to do. You can possibly risk cracking [the glass]."
Duvall says it would be a good idea to avoid hosing your car off at all until you get a stretch of warm days where there is no risk of it freezing. That can cause more immediate damage than any road salt will.