The sub-freezing temperatures, snow flurries, and predictions of freezing rain this week are a reminder that it is winter – despite the 74 degree days. In bad weather, a stalled vehicle, combined with an out-of-control driver, could spell tragedy. Prevention of many vehicle stalls is in the hands of the owner. Is your vehicle ready for winter?
The first step in preparing your vehicle for cold and inclement weather is to put it in top condition. Here is a quick checklist:
- If your car is due routine servicing during the winter months, get it done now.
- Check your battery and charging system.
- Check your tire treads.
- Check your windshield wipers.
- Check hoses, belts, water pumps and spark plug wires.
- Fill your windshield washer reservoir with no-freeze fluid.
- Check your anti-freeze and ensure it is adequate for the temperatures expected in the area.
- Check your rear-window defroster.
- Do not add extra weight to the rear of the vehicle if the vehicle has front-wheel drive. Extra weight is only helpful for vehicles with rear-wheel drive. Otherwise, it can “lift” the front end and reduce steering and braking ability.
- Never mix radial tires with other types of tires.
- Be certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full.
The second step in getting your vehicle ready for winter is to place items in the trunk that can help you deal with an emergency or survive being stranded. This Winter Survival Kit checklist is a good beginning:
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Jumper cables.
- Sand or kitty litter.
- Snow brush and ice scraper.
- Warning devices (flares, reflectors, battery-operated warning lights, brightly colored cloth).
- Bottled water stored in a sealed plastic bag.
- Cell phone and charger.
- Critical medication.
- Energy snacks.
- Extra pair of boots.
- First Aid Kit.
- Basic Tool Kit.
- Small can of D5W for frozen door or trunk locks.
I your vehicle ready for winter? With these checklists you can be.
If something should go wrong, remember that we are here to fight for you.