Winterize Your Vehicle

car on snowy road

Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

You strap on your heavy boots, bundle your winter coat, pull down your cap, and wiggle into your gloves all before leaving the house. Winter weather is hard and cold, so we take the necessary precautions. But is your car as prepared for the winter as your wardrobe?

Make sure you've taken all the steps to ready your car for the winter onslaught of sleet, icy roads, and heavy snow. We've put together some great tips and information on how to winterize your vehicle, so you and your family can stay safe when out on the road.

Prepare Your Car with a Survival Kit

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That's why creating a survival kit now, will make it worth it if you're ever in trouble on the road. It's simple to create and invaluable if you're ever stranded. Consider including:

  • Compass, blanket, water, and first aid kit
  • Extra boots and gloves
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Working flashlight with extra batteries
  • Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
  • Flares
  • Ice scraper and snowbrush
  • Wooden stick matches in waterproof container
  • Exterior windshield cleaner
  • Scissors and string or cord
  • Non-perishable, high-energy food like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, or hard candy

Get a Full Inspection of Your Car

Before the weather is too harsh, make sure to have your car looked over for the following:

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Belts and hoses
  • Windshield wipers and fluid
  • Defrosting and heating systems
  • Antifreeze
  • Oil levels
  • Battery
  • Tire pressure
  • Consider snow tires

Keep These Handy Tools in Your Car

When winter weather strikes, it's important to make sure you have the tools to deal with any adverse situation. Make sure to have these tools in the event of an emergency:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Inflated Spare Tire
  • Wheel Lug Wrench
  • Tri-pod Jack
  • Shovel
  • Salt or Cat Litter (for traction)
  • Tow and Tire Chains
  • Tool Kit
  • Heavy-Duty Gloves

Visit our winter driving safety tips page for more information and preparation for the upcoming snowy season.

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Source: Fuller, John. "Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips" 04 February 2008. 22 October 2013.