Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Snowy driving conditions are just around the corner.  While the weather is still fairly decent, below are a few ways to prepare your vehicle for winter.  While this is not a comprehensive list, it can give you a head start in making sure you are ready for that first snowy drive!

  • Check Fluid Levels including anti-freeze, windshield wiper fluid, and oil.
  • Check your tire tread by holding a quarter upside down in a groove of your tire. If the tread does not reach Washington’s head, it is time for new tires.
  • Keep your gas tank topped off.
  • Keep bagged salt or sand in the trunk for extra traction and to melt ice.
  • Clear snow from the top of the car, headlights and windows before driving.
  • Have the numbers for your auto club, insurance agent and towing service in your cell phone and easily accessible in your car.
  • Put an emergency kit together and keep it in your trunk. Your Kit should include the following:
    • Bottled water-64 oz per person that usually rides in the vehicle
    • Blankets (To save space, you can get tiny foil emergency blankets)
    • Gloves
    • Non-perishable foods including snacks like granola bars (especially if you have kids)
    • Folding shovel
    • First Aid Kit
    • Flashlight
    • Fully charged Cellphone charging battery and charger
    • Jumper Cables
    • A quart of motor oil and a gallon of coolant
    • A can of Tire inflator and a sealant
    • LED flare
    • Sharpie and Paper
    • Pocket knife

Driving in snow is not enjoyable for most of us, but knowing you are prepared can give peace of mind.  If you enjoyed this article, check out “Twelve tips to Prepare your Home for Winter.”