We want you to enjoy the warmth and cheer of the winter season instead of driving into it with winter dread. Taking proper preventive measures to lower your stress on the roads will save you a snowy struggle down the road.
Commonly used tools, such as jumper cables and extra fluids may already be something you keep in your vehicle, but packing a specialized winter emergency kit with often overlooked resources like blankets, extra batteries, energy bars and bottled water can help in a pinch.
Before a major emergency occurs, there are a number of ways you can prepare your car for the winter to ensure safe travels. Routine maintenance checks and regular overall car care can prevent breakdowns, keeping you and your car out of danger and avoiding expensive repairs. Outlined below are some general winter tips and a checklist we’ve compiled to aid you in preparation for the upcoming winter season.
Checklist to prepare your car for the winter:
- Read through your vehicle owner’s manual and get your car serviced according to recommended service schedules before the season is underway.
- Cold weather makes existing problems worse, so get any and all repairs done before the first frost hits.
- Look carefully at your windshield and rear glass for any small cracks. These small cracks can be become big problems when temperatures go from below freezing to above freezing when you turn on your defroster.
- Change your oil and oil filter at the scheduled service date to protect your engine.
- Replace all dirty air, fuel and PCV filters to ensure efficient engine performance and to save gas, too!
- Examine tires for remaining tread, cupping and any wear and tear. Replace any worn tires with new or winter tires.
Maintenance Safety Checks
- Check to be sure your breaks are working effectively.
- Check all fluid levels and stock extra antifreeze, quarts of oil, transmission fluid, windshield fluid and bottled water in the trunk of your vehicle for emergencies.
- Inspect blinkers, break lights and bulbs on the vehicle. Clean any that are cloudy to enhance visibility from within the car as well as visibility of your car to other drivers.
- Check the strength of your car battery and if it’s weak, get a replacement battery.
- Test out your heater and defroster to confirm they are in good working condition.
Suggested Tips and Tools
- Fuel up, frequently, keeping your gas tank at least half full at all times helps to prevent your fuel lines from freezing. Add a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank once a month to help keep the moisture from freezing.
- Replace windshield wipers with new blades or full assembly, if needed.
- Assemble your emergency kit and pack it in an easy-to-reach area in the trunk.
- Always wear your seat belt while driving. Stay home if the trip isn’t 100% necessary when roads are icy!
Glass America encourages all drivers to be safe when driving during the winter and to be mindful of extreme road conditions. Proactive efforts go a long way to ensuring you have a great winter.
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