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Preparing Your Car for Winter Driving

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Preparing Your Car for Winter Driving

Winter weather can be a major challenge for drivers. Ice, snow, sleet, and cold temperatures can all make driving difficult and dangerous. As a responsible motorist, it’s important to take steps to prepare your car for winter.

Here are some of the most important things you can do:

Battery

Your car’s battery is essential for starting your engine. In cold weather, batteries have to work harder to crank the engine, so it’s important to make sure your battery is in good condition. Have your battery tested by a qualified mechanic and replace it if it’s more than three years old.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Your car’s heating and cooling systems are also important for your safety and comfort. Make sure your heater and defroster are working properly so you can stay warm and see clearly when driving in cold weather.

Fluids

Check your car’s fluids, including oil, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. Make sure you’re using the correct type of oil for your car’s engine and that your antifreeze is up to the proper level. You should also check your windshield wiper fluid regularly and top it off as needed.

Snow and Ice Removal Tools

Keep a snow shovel, ice scraper, and spare tire in your car at all times. You’ll need these tools to clear snow and ice from your car and to change a flat tire if you get stranded on the side of the road.

Tire Pressure

Check your tire pressure often, as cold temperatures can cause them to deflate more quickly. This can make your car handle poorly and increase the risk of a blowout.

Emergency Roadside Kit

Pack an emergency roadside kit, including nonperishable food, drinking water, blankets, road flares, jumper cables, road salt, flashlights, and extra batteries. This kit could be a lifesaver if you get stranded in your car during a winter storm.

Additional Tips

  • Drive slowly and cautiously on snow and ice.
  • Avoid sudden stops and turns.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for other drivers.
  • Stay home if the weather is too bad to drive.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that you and your car are safe on the road this winter.

Contact us today for more winter safety guidance.

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