How To Make Sure Your Car Is Ready For Winter Road Conditions

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Winter driving is never fun, but here are some ways that you can at least make it safe.

1. Carry an Emergency Kit

  1. Extra water and food
  2. Ice scraper
  3. Blanket
  4. Flashlight
  5. Windshield washer fluid
  6. Flares
  7. Tool kit
  8. Tire chains
  9. Tire gauge
  10. Tire-change equipment
  11. First-aid kit
  12. A bag or container of sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, to provide traction if you get stuck
  13. Candles
  14. Extra set of warm clothes
  15. Jumper Cables
  16. Shovel

2. Check Your Tire Pressure

Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best traction. The air pressure in your tires will drop as the weather gets colder, so it’s important to check your tire pressure.Your owner’s manual will tell you what your tire pressure should be.

3. Make Sure You Can See

Wiper blades usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to replace yours if they are not cleaning as well as they should. It is also important to fill up your reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Make sure that your heater and defroster are working properly , this will help keep the windshield clear.

4. Get an Oil Change

Motor oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it gets too thick it won’t lubricate properly. Check your owners manual to see which oil to use in different temperatures and climates.

5. Check Your Battery

Like your engine, your battery can become sluggish in the cold weather. Make sure to do an inspection of your battery. Check the cables, terminals, and fluid. Check battery cables for cracks and breaks. The terminals should fit snugly. You can check your battery fluid by uncovering the refill hole (sometimes there are more than one). If the level is below the bottom of the cap, refill it with water.

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