While we don’t really have to worry about snow here in Palo Alto (where the Eton Corporation HQ reside), we know that many of you do. People living in the mid-Atlantic region, and throughout New England, have already dealt with a powerful snowstorm that dropped several inches of snow on their homes and roads. Since that snow fell so early (the typical snow fall for New England isn’t until early December), many people weren’t prepared for it.
Another gargantuan snowfall took place last February in Chicago–upwards of twenty inches of snow dropped, causing Lake Shore Drive to become a parking lot. Many people were stranded in their cars for hours. What if that had been you — would you have been prepared?
Whether you answered yes or no to that question, we suggest checking out the following tips for preparing your car for a winter emergency:
- Take Car of your Windshield. If snow starts falling you want to make sure you can still see! Check your wiper blades to make sure they’re in good shape. If not, it’s time for new ones. If you live in a high-snow area, you might even consider special winter blades. You also need to fill up your windshield washer fluid.
- Check the Antifreeze. Antifreeze keeps your radiator from freezing when temps drop below 32 degrees F. As the weather fluctuates, so can your antifreeze. Filling it up before the winter cold approaches will help ensure your safety.
- Prepare an Emergency Kit. If you don’t have a preparedness kit in your car, now’s the time to do so. Consider including:- blankets
- ice scraper
- extra gloves and boots
- first-aid kit
- flares or beacon (like the Road Torq)
- small shovel
- Consider snow tires. Snow tires get better traction, even if you don’t have four-wheel-drive. If you have to travel on non-major roads during the winter, snow tires can help make sureyou’re always able to get where you need to go.
What other things do you do to prepare your car for winter?