How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

As we prepare for the holiday season it is also important that we prepare our vehicles to make it through the winter as well. Snow and ice are serious traffic hazards that drivers must be prepared to face. Of course, the first step in avoiding accidents during the winter months is to change our driving habits, including slowing down, leaving a greater distance between vehicles and even avoiding driving when the conditions are unsafe. In addition, drivers should consider the following maintenance tasks:

  • Check your antifreeze to ensure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50.
  • Inspect your tires to ensure they have adequate air and tread. Treads that are worn should be replaced. Some mechanics recommend using snow tires that are better equipped to handle extreme winter conditions.
  • Visually inspect the vehicle’s lights, including the flashing hazard lights.
  • Check your windshield wiper fluid to ensure it is full with a winter mix fluid.
  • Replace your windshield wipers.
  • Store emergency equipment in the car including a shovel, snow/ice scraper, first aid kit, flashlights, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks in case you get stuck.

In addition to the above tips, drivers are encouraged to check their regular maintenance log to make sure all recommended maintenance items are up to date. Taking these steps now, before the heaviest snow starts to fall, may help prevent accidents and injuries caused by snow and ice.

Our thanks to Annie Reynolds of Sheridan & Murray, for providing us with this article

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