Preparing for Winter Driving Conditions

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jan 2, 2014

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<span style="font-size: small;">Preparing Your Automobile</span>


Before frigid temperatures set in, have your vehicle prepared for winter driving. As part of your regular auto maintenance, have the battery condition checked. Cold weather and a weak battery can leave you stranded. Likewise, winter demands a greater use of lights, so make sure they're working properly. Also, make sure all belts and hoses are checked along with routine maintenance. During winter, you must have a vehicle that will start and not leave you stranded with mechanical failure. Don't forget to have the cooling system fluid checked. A simple test can be performed to make sure your coolant will withstand the winter cold. Drivers should keep the gas tank at least half full, to avoid gas line freeze. Additive in the gas tank can also keep moisture from freezing in the lines.

Emergency Kit:

    • Shovel

    • Windshield scraper

    • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter 

    • Battery powered radio

    • Car Jumper cables

    • Bottles of water

    • Extra Blanket or a warm sleeping bag

    • Energy bars

    • Matches and small candles

    • Winter hats, gloves or mittens

    • Medications

    • Road flares

    • Tow chain or rope

    • Tire chains if needed

    • Battery operated flashlight

    • Highly visible material to use as an emergency flag

    • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction