Well everyone, here we go again. It’s time to put the beach towels away, the convertible in the garage, and start breaking out the snow shovels, and the winter clothes. It’s been a wonderful long, hot summer, but before we know it old man winter will be knocking on our door once again.
Along with the cold temperatures and the snowflakes comes changing the way we drive. Winter driving requires a lot more commute time to and from work, more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and ensuring your vehicle is ready for those harsh winter conditions.
Preparing your vehicle for the long upcoming winter months, should include checking to see if your wiper blades are strong enough to scrape off the snow and ice build up on the windshield. Is there enough tread on those tires to give you the traction you will need? When was the last time you had a full coolant system check-up? Everyone should check to make sure their defrosters are functioning properly, and that all of the lights on your vehicle are working. Keep an emergency kit on your vehicle, in case you were to ever get stranded.
This kit should include:
- Enough water for at least 3 days
- Food that will not spoil. Protein bars or trail mix are good examples
- Pair of socks and dry shoes
It is also a smart idea to try to keep enough fuel in your vehicle for two reasons. The first reason is to help prevent fuel line from freezing. The second reason is to ensure you have enough fuel to keep your engine running and the heat on, if you were to get stranded.