Well Equipped Car for Winter
Winter weather is upon us. And whether you’re in the heart of a snowy, icy climate or have plans to travel to areas with unpredictable weather, keeping your car stocked is essential during this season of extremes.
We all know the importance of keeping our cars in good working order, but in the winter, when getting stranded in dangerous conditions or exposed to colder temperatures are a real possibility, car maintenance and preparation is even more crucial. Here are five reminders about smart seasonal car care:
1. Checkup: In addition to regular oil changes, take your vehicle in for a special winter checkup, which will cover the biggies like the battery, belts and hoses, but also critical winter weather functions like the radiator, heater/defroster, wipers, brakes and lights.
2. Tires: Have your tire pressure checked, which can fluctuate in colder temperatures, and make sure you’ve got all-seasons or snow tires that work best for your area. And, don’t wait until the first storm or all the tire shops in town will be booked when you need one the most.
3. Fuel: Keeps things on the bright side-with the tank half full. Try not to let fuel fall below half a tank during winter road trips.
4. Winter stock: Whether you need to start a winter car kit or add to the one you have, here’s a list of important items to keep in the car during winter travel: ice scraper, shovel, tire iron, spare tire, emergency flares, jumper cables, extra fuse and chains (if appropriate).
5. Survival kit: Always keep a basic survival kit in your car, just in case. Load it with a flashlight, batteries, blanket, heavy-duty gloves, boots, matches in a waterproof container, string, first-aid kit, compass, water and non-perishable, high-energy foods.
A little planning ahead can keep you, and your car, humming along all season long.