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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Winter Car Preparation Checklist


If you live in an area prone to winter weather conditions, you know driving during this season can
be treacherous. Knowing what to do after a car accident in the winter is important, but taking steps
to get your car winter-ready will help you avoid such incidents. Staying safe on the road is a lot
easier when you prepare accordingly.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by taking these steps now. They’ll significantly boost your
overall safety behind the wheel this winter.

Store a Supply Box in Your Car

There’s a chance you might get stranded in the snow while driving. Store a supply box in your
vehicle in case this happens.

Items to keep in the box include warm clothes, blankets, gloves, a first-aid kit, road flares,
flashlights, an ice scraper, energy bars or similar food, and a sand bag in case you need additional

It’s also important to keep your phone charged while driving. Keep a spare charger in the vehicle in
case you don’t have the opportunity to charge your phone beforehand.

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Check Tires
Cold winters often cause tires to lose pressure. Make a point of regularly checking yours throughout
the season. If the pressure is low, simply go to your nearest gas station and refill the tire to the
manufacturer’s specifications.

Check the tires’ tread as well before driving. The “penny test” makes doing so fairly easy. Just take a
penny and insert it into the tread upside down and with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see
Lincoln’s head, the tread depth is too low. Be sure to check and replace your tires as needed before
driving in wintry conditions.

Check Coolant & Antifreeze

Antifreeze protects your engine from failure in cold temperatures. Thus, it’s important to make sure
antifreeze levels are where they should be before driving this winter.

Your manual will explain how to check antifreeze levels. You can also purchase kits for this process,
or ask your auto mechanic to help.

Switch Out Your Wiper Fluid
The windshield wiper fluid you rely on most of the year could potentially freeze in winter. Instead of
clearing away visual obstructions, it might add to them.

Switch to a wiper fluid designed specifically for winter driving. Winter fluid doesn’t freeze, and it’s
effective at removing snow and ice, giving you a clear view of the road.

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Switch to Winter Oil
The viscosity of your oil is indicated by the first number in the grade. For instance, 5W-30 oil has a
lower viscosity than 10W-30 oil.

Typically, during winter you want to choose oil of a lower viscosity than you would normally use.
Schedule a pre-season oil change and use a lower-viscosity grade, or ask your mechanic to
recommend the ideal winter oil for your vehicle.

Taking basic steps to prepare your car for winter keeps you much safer when driving in winter
weather. That’s not just important for you; it’s important for everyone you share the road with.

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