The harsh winter months in Philadelphia, PA are no joke! Especially when we’re expecting massive accumulations of snow!


Whether you love snow or hate it, there’s no denying that you and your vehicle should be prepared to encounter it. Keeping your car running well and true no matter the terrain is vital to making it through the season.


Courtesy of Dunphy Ford in Philadelphia, PA, here are five care care tips to keep in mind when your area is expecting heavy snowfall!

Equip Winter Tires

This one’s a no-brainer really. When you’re expecting to regularly drive through ice, snow, and slush, winter tires are recommended.


Even when you’re not expecting snow, winter tires can still give you better traction while stopping or turning on cold pavement. When the temperature regularly begins to drop below 45 degrees, that’s when you should equip some winter tires.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Another tire-related tip, you should always be sure to regularly check your tire pressure when the outside air gets chilly. 


Driving on underinflated tires can cause them to wear prematurely and lose traction on icy and slippery surfaces. Remember! With every ten-degree drop in temperature, your tires can lose a pound of internal air pressure.

Keep Your Fuel Tank Filled

In the dead of winter (and especially in the snow) the last thing you want to be is stranded without fuel. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half-full all winter long.


In the event of an emergency, like getting stuck in the snow and needing a rescue, fuel is essential for keeping your car warm and toasty! For longer road trips, always plan your gas stops in advance.

Protect Your Windshield Wipers

If your place of residence only offers outdoor parking, it’s important to remember to leave your windshield wipers in a raised position in anticipation of icy weather and heavy winter precipitation. Doing so will prevent them from freezing to the windshield, and make it much easier to properly clean off your car when the time comes.


In addition, never attempt to use your wiper blades to remove ice, snow, or frost from your windshield, as this wears out the rubber excessively. Use an ice scraper instead!

Be Prepared for Anything!

When expecting winter weather, you should always be prepared. Especially if you need to drive. 


Try putting together a car kit that’s packed with some essentials like extra warm clothing, a flashlight with extra batteries, some bottled water and other snacks, and other accessories like jumper cables and a portable snow shovel. You never know when you might need these items, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

For any specific automotive service you may require, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment with the professionally trained technicians at Dunphy Ford! To do so, contact us online, by phone, or stop in in-person when you can! We look forward to assisting you!
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