How to prepare your car for the winter season
Depending on where you live, the word “winter” may just mean a rainy season or a snow-and-freezing-cold kind of time of the year. Yet, as proven by last year’s turbulent winter conditions in the South of the United States, we should all brace for winter no matter what your “normal” concept of this season might be.
Car owners are among the categories of people who suffer most from nasty winter weather. Frozen engines and door moldings, snow being stuck everywhere, cracked windshields – those are some of the common problems most of us have experienced in the winter season. Not to mention, the danger of losing control over the vehicle on the road drastically rises in winter. According to NHTSA data, for an average year, roughly 15% of fatal crashes happen in the presence of wet or snowy weather. Considering how unpredictable weather patterns have been in recent years, it is worth being prepared for a sudden snow storm.
Here are a few things every driver should do in preparation for the winter season.
1. Make sure you have all the necessary tools for car repair and maintenance. Those include:
- A spare WINTER tire
- Emergency battery booster
- Tire jack and tire iron
- Tire pressure gauge
- Tire inflator and sealer
- Duct tape
- Car manual & car repair information
- Jumper cables
2. Update your safety kit to the “winter edition”. Here is an example video of what that might entail:
Add a set of matches and a multi-tool. Throw in an additional umbrella!
3. Up your maintenance game
- Get your car checked by a professional
- Flush your coolant system and check it for leaks
- Place two bags of sand in the trunk for added traction
- Check your heater and window defroster for leaks
- Check your window wipers and replace them if necessary
- Add antifreeze to your wiper fluid container (make sure you’re not overly sensitive to the smell of the antifreeze.
4. Get a dashcam. In the winter time, dashcams can be especially useful. It will not only save you a great deal of time and hustle trying to prove your innocence in case of an accident, but also help you record those beautiful moments while driving in a snowy weather in anticipation of that nice and warm cup of hot chocolate.
Don’t leave it up to chance, get informed about winter driving tips and car essentials!