Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked outside your window, seen one of those pristine, white-curtain Alexandria snowfalls, and let out an audible grumble because you know you’ll be driving through it the next day. One day’s winter wonderland is another day’s slushy nightmare, and that can translate to some headaches on the roads.

Thankfully, there are few brands better equipped for winter driving than Land Rovers. Between responsive handling, high-power engines, and full suites of advanced safety tech, drivers have a lot of help in navigating the worst of Virginia winters when they’re behind the wheel of one.

Your new Land Rover will perform best when it’s been prepared for winter, however, and that means taking a few precautionary steps while the weather is still warm. To that end, let’s take a look at what you should keep in mind in order to get your Land Rover Defender or Range Rover ready for the snow!

One Word: Fluids

Okay, we get it: the words fluids on their own are pretty ominous. It’s right up there with rattling and engine light. So, let’s demystify by adding a few more words. 

Before the weather gets too much colder, you’ll want to make sure your Land Rover is topped off on antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid, along with an oil replacement—if your car’s mileage calls for it.

Figure Out Parking

Prolonged exposure to cold weather and moisture can negatively affect a variety of your Land Rover’s systems—most notably, your car battery. As a result, it’s a good idea to think about where you’re going to park when the weather gets chilly in order to minimize the effects it has on your car. If possible, park under a covered roof, preferably indoors. In the event this isn’t possible, consider investing in a good car cover for your Land Rover in order to keep it partially protected from the elements. 

Speaking of Batteries …

It might surprise you to know that dead car batteries represent the No. 1 source of AAA emergency calls for a reason. Most batteries won’t show signs of decay until they start causing problems, meaning the first time you learn about these issues can be when you try to start your car on a cold morning. 

To that end, make sure to check your battery as soon as possible. The average battery has a lifespan of around three years, so it might be time to think about a replacement if yours is older than two. As we mentioned above, factors like prolonged exposure to cold weather can significantly speed up the rate at which batteries decay, too. When in doubt, bring it into your local Land Rover dealership service center—they’ll be able to both test it and replace it if needed. 

Check (and Possibly Replace) Your Tires

You really, really don’t want your tires to be the source of any nasty surprises while driving, especially if it’s cold outside. Winter weather can widen the margins for tire blowouts in a variety of ways, more so if your tires are nearing the end of their lifespan. 

Each tire should have a tire tread bar, which looks like a thick line set inside the grooves. If these lines are worn down completely, you should visit your Land Rover dealership service center as soon as you can to replace them. This is also the case if they’re worn down unevenly, as uneven wear can indicate issues with alignment or tire pressure that can compound even further in the cold. 

Do you have any questions, concerns, or considerations about getting your Land Rover ready for winter? We’re here to help. Visit Land Rover Alexandria today to ensure that your car is prepared for the cold!

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