Winter Car Care Products and Services—a Crash Course

By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach

According to the AAA, with the holiday season upon us, over 40 million families are predicted to hit the road, and many more will travel by car vs. plane. Driving is still the number one choice of most Americans when it comes to taking the whole family on vacation, and today’s cars and technology make driving more fun and better than ever.

Here are some of the best businesses I prefer for winter vehicle help.

Eighty percent of your driving decisions are based on visibility, and wiper blades are a critical part of seeing clearly and driving safely. Replace your blades every six months and replace them with the best blades.

TRICO, for example, started the wiper industry over 100 years ago and has stayed on top of the latest technology. If you experience winter, snow, and ice, switch to winter wiper blades. I recommend TRICO Ice because they are a rugged and durable winter wiper blade explicitly designed to combat severe weather and ice to give you the best visibility and safety. This beam blade is coupled with a special armor designed for the harshest elements and keeps working in the worst driving conditions. You can purchase these blades online or at your favorite auto parts stores.

The average car on the road is 10-12 years old, and those wiper arms have swiped millions of times. Over time the blade doesn’t contact the glass as intended because the wiper arm gets weak. The new TRICO High Mileage wiper blades are specially engineered to compensate for worn wiper arms on older, high mileage vehicles typically above 75,000 miles. They utilize the wind force’s aero foil design to help increase proper pressure against the windshield for maximum windshield contact. You can buy them online or in your favorite auto parts store.

The average yearly cost to own and operate a vehicle is nearly $10,000. Here’s a way to cover those unexpected and planned expenses. Synchrony Car Care credit card is a dedicated payment solution to cover your automotive costs. You can use the Synchrony Car Care credit card at over one million automotive merchant locations nationwide. The credit card has quickly become a preferred payment option for parts, service, gas, tires, and oil changes as well as parking, auto insurance, car washes, public transportation, car rentals, EV charging, ride shares, tolls, and more. This automotive credit card has no annual fees and zero fraud liability.

If you need service on your vehicles, check out Pep Boys. They have been providing automotive service for over 100 years. We all know the holidays can be a difficult time to encounter unexpected vehicle repairs, which is why it’s the perfect time to take advantage of special financing offers through the Pep Boys Car Care Card credit card, powered by Synchrony.

Another worry when hitting the road, especially far from home, is a breakdown or blowout. You can call Pep Boys if you need a tow. Tow2Pep will get you towed to any of the nearly 1,000 locations nationally. Also, take advantage of one of their many deals on winter or all-season tires.

But the best way to help avoid those unexpected vehicle repair costs before you hit the road is maintenance. Take advantage of the Pep Boys Centennial CarCare Package that includes a Pennzoil synthetic oil change, 1-step fuel system treatment, tire rotation, and comprehensive maintenance checklist for December before you hit the road.

Have a most wonderful 2022! I am looking forward to bringing you more vlogs on everything cars!

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, analyst, author, and television host.  A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and aspects, energy, industry, consumer news, and safety issues.   

Lauren is the CEO of Automotive Aspects and the Editor-in-Chief of Car Coach Reports, a global automotive news outlet. She is an automotive contributor to national and local television news shows, including Fox News, Fox Business, CNN International, The Weather Channel, Inside Edition, Local Now News, Community Digital News, and more. Lauren also co-hosts a regular show on with Paul Brian called “His Turn – Her Turn” and hosts regular radio segments on USA Radio – DayBreak. 

Lauren is honored to be inducted into the Women’s Transportation Hall of Fame and a Board Member of the Buffalo Motorcar Museum and Juror / President for the North American Car, Utility & Truck of the Year Awards.  

Check her out on Twitter and Instagram @LaurenFix.

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