How to keep up with vehicle maintenance this winter

Frequent off-roading in the spring, summer and fall likely results in you spending lots of time in the garage, taking care of any damage done to your vehicle and working to prevent any breakdowns from happening in the future. Despite the fact that you'll probably be doing less recreational driving in the winter, this is the ideal season to make some changes and upgrades to your vehicle. 

Here are three things you should keep in mind as you consider what to do with your off-road vehicle this winter: 

Upgrade headlights
The colder months are a prime time to make truck mods regarding the automobile's lighting. After all, with inclement weather on the forecast and the hours of daylight shrinking, increasing visibility becomes incredibly important. That is where details like LED light bars or round halogen lights can come into play. By increasing the wattage of your automobile's lights, you can more accurately see what lies in front of you, which makes driving safer for you and others on the road. 

Clean and wax the surface
If you're searching for some way to keep busy during the winter, take the time to clean and wax your vehicle. The main reason this is a good idea is because it can have several benefits for the winter. A solid waxing coat can deflect snow and ice, making it easier for you to clear off a vehicle. It also adds a layer of protection from road salt, which can be incredibly harmful to the exterior of a car if left untouched. 

Similarly, cleaning your windows can make life easier for you in the long run. When you wash the glass sections of your car, use a water repellent. This can prevent water - whether in rain or snow form - from sticking to the surface and freezing over. You'll thank yourself when you don't have to waste precious time scraping ice off a vehicle. 

Last-minute enhancements
Your winter modifications may consist of alterations that will be immediately helpful. For example, off-road or winter tires may make a big difference on the snow and ice that coats many roads. With improved grip, you'll be able to take advantage of safer practices while also making your vehicle better suited for the off-road driving you'll be doing throughout the season. Other possibilities include armor, which can act as a shield from road obstacles that are hidden by snow. 

Keep safety a priority
No matter what types of truck modifications you make this winter, remember to prioritize safety above all else. When working in a garage, be sure the ventilation system is working properly. If you are exposing yourself to fumes or have to run the car periodically, you could be putting your health at risk. Always open a window or the garage door when completing these tasks - no matter what the weather outside is - to ensure you are getting your fill of fresh air. 

The safe practices should continue long after an enhancement has been made or installed. Any change should be tested in a safe area before being used on the busy, snowy roads or in the wilderness. For example, if you use the season to make changes to a truck suspension, test it out in a quiet area before heading out to more populated spaces. Breaking down in a secluded area or when surrounded by wintry conditions is the worst-case scenario, so taking steps to make sure your modifications are working properly is incredibly important.