As the winter season approaches, it’s important to make sure your car is in good condition before the cold weather hits. There are a few things you can do to winterize your car and be prepared for whatever the winter throws at you.
First, it’s a good idea to have a standard maintenance inspection done on your car.
This will ensure that all of your car’s systems are in good working order and ready to handle the cold weather. Make sure to change your oil and filter regularly – at least every 3000 to 5000 miles.
Another important thing to do before winter is to check your car battery. In extremely cold temperatures, your car requires more current from the battery to start the engine. To avoid a dead battery on a cold morning, have your local auto repair facility run a battery load test. Checking for cracked or corroded battery cables and terminals is also a good idea.
Finally, you may want to replace your windshield before winter sets in. A cracked or damaged windshield can make it difficult to see while driving in winter weather, so it’s best to be safe and replace it before the winter rush.
Carry a winter car emergency kit in case of a breakdown or accident
- A winter car emergency kit is a must for any driver in cold weather climates.
- The kit should include a shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, and a first aid kit.
- It’s also a good idea to have a blanket, extra clothes, and snacks in case you get stranded.
- If you have a cell phone, make sure to keep it charged or have a power bank in your kit.
- In the event of a breakdown or accident, stay with your vehicle and call for help.
- Do not attempt to walk in heavy snow or icy conditions.
- If you get stranded, run the engine for about 10 minutes every hour to stay warm.
- Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Put bright markers on your antenna or tie a brightly colored cloth to it so you can be seen more easily.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent the fuel line from freezing
Items you should have in car at all times, not just for winter
– A spare tire: if you get a flat, a spare tire will get you back on the road again. Be sure to check the air pressure periodically to make sure it’s still inflated.
– A jack: a jack is necessary for changing a flat tire. If you don’t have one, you’ll be stranded until someone else comes along who does. Make sure you know how to use it before you need it!
– A tire iron: a tire iron is used to remove the lug nuts from your wheels so you can change a flat tire. If you don’t have one, you won’t be able to change your tire, so make sure you keep one in your trunk just in case.
– Flares: flares are used to signal for help if you’re stranded on the side of the road. They can also be used to light a fire if you need to stay warm.
– Water and snacks: always keep some water and snacks in your car in case of any emergency…lets say you live in California. Then having an earthquake kit in your car for such a traffic stopping event is essential, plus having water and food can be a lifesaver.
The winter is coming and you don’t want to be caught without a plan. Follow these simple steps for preparing your car so that when Old Man Winter comes around or any major event, everything will go as smooth as possible on both yourself or any members of family who might need emergency services.