21 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Weather Tips: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Travel

It can be a pain to prepare your car for winter once there is already a mountain of snow on the ground, or if driving conditions are bad and getting worse. Whether you prepare your before winter hits or need to brush up on your winter safety tips, here are a few from http://ready.gov:

Image credit: Saturday Evening Post

Image credit: Saturday Evening Post

Check that the following are properly working:

  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
  • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
  • Check the fuel and air filter; replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Install and check your tires; ensure they are efficient for winter weather in your area and that they have adequate tread.

Update (or create if you don’t have one) your vehicle emergency kit with items like the following:

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Snack food (nonperishable)
  • Blanket
  • First Aid kit
  • A self-powered phone charger like the BoostTurbine, which provides much-needed power to your cell phone without a traditional power source

Is a blizzard headed your way? Check our preparedness facts infographic for information on the different types of blizzards and how you can stay safe (and warm!).

 

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