Quick Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather

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I absolutely adore winter.  I love the beauty of the snow falling, creating a soft blanket of white on everything that it touches.  Evenings spent cuddling on the couch, snuggling with my family under comfy blankets while we sip hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie are some of the best nights of my year.  There is however one thing that I completely hate about winter – and that is driving in the winter storms.  That’s why now is the time to ensure that your car is ready for the upcoming season with these few quick and easy tips.

 

Rotate Your Tires

Ensuring that you have good tires that are properly aligned and rotated is a huge help to slick road safety.  Regaining traction is super important when you hit those hidden black ice spots, and having properly functioning tires is key.

 

Check Your Tire Air Pressure

Keeping your the proper amount of air in your tires goes hand in hand with the above mentioned tire rotations.  When temperatures drop, so does tire pressure – so just make sure that they are at the proper pressure level.

 

Get New Wipers

Now is the perfect time to ensure that you have a good set of windshield wipers on your vehicle.  Nothing is worse than snowflakes falling and not being able to wipe them off the window so that you can see!

 

Refill Your Fluids

Keeping your fluids up to the proper level becomes super important in the winter.  You’ll especially want to keep an eye on your washer fluid level, as you will tend to use this more during the winter months.

 

Keep Your Gas Tank Full

In case of horrible weather that leaves you stranded on the highway, you’ll want to be able to keep your vehicle running (to keep the heat going).  Keeping your fuel level full (my winter rule is to never let it get below half tank) can be the difference between warm and cold in an emergency.

 

Bring an Emergency Kit

Keep an emergency backpack in your vehicle.  This should include blankets, a flashlight, water, hats and gloves, an ice scraper at bare minimum.  Think of what you might want to have on you if you were stuck in your car in the freezing cold.

 

Get a Safety Check

Take your car to a dealer and ensure that it’s up to safety standards.  I also recommend checking your car seat safety as well.  In the event of an accident, you’ll want to ensure that everything is as safe as possible

 

Take a moment today and make sure that your vehicle is ready for the winter months!

What other things do you check, or do, to ensure you’re ready?

 

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