Car in winter

Preparing Your Car for Winter

Car in winter

Preparing your car for winter isn’t something you should take lightly. It’s all about helping ensure both you and your vehicle have a safe winter season. Here are a few steps to take when it comes to preparing your car for winter.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Packing an emergency kit geared towards winter is a great way to ensure you can hold out until help arrives. Some simple items, most of which can fit in a box, including warm clothes, an ice scraper, snacks, such as nuts, a flashlight, scissors or a seatbelt cutter, and a first-aid kit. Keeping the kit in your car where it’s easily accessible will help ensure that, should you get stuck in the snow, you can either dig yourself out or wait for help to arrive.

Check Your Tread

Having a good amount of tread left on your tires is pertinent to maintaining traction on slick roads. Tires with low tread, or no tread at all, will result in less responsive handling, more sliding, and a general lack of traction. The test for making sure you have enough tread is simple: place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head towards the tire. If you can still see Lincoln’s head, you need to replace your tires.

Get an Oil Change

While most conventional motor oil is designed for all seasons, an oil change before winter is still a good idea. The cold weather can cause oil to thicken and that can result in a major problem if the oil hasn’t been changed in months.

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Vehicle Safety Tips: What to Put in a Winter Emergency Kit

Winter TipsAs the weather turns colder and the roads get treacherous, it’s time to start preparing our cars to deal with the harsher conditions. One of the most important parts of winter readiness is putting together a winter emergency kit.

First, you need to gather some things that will help you dig your way out of a snow drift if you run into one. Always have a shovel and some cat litter or road salt to create traction so you can drive out. You should also get some emergency flares or something that will help attract attention in case of a crash. It’s a good idea to keep a cheap cell phone fully charged in your kit so you can call for help if your phone dies.

If your car breaks down and you’re stuck somewhere for several hours, you’ll want some basic necessities for yourself, including warm blankets, clothes to change into if yours get wet or to put on as an extra layer, and a few bottles of water and non-perishable snack foods.

And of course, keep your usual items—jumper cables, a spare tire, and a set of tools. Stay safe, and happy holidays!