5 Steps To Prepare Your Car For Winter

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5 Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter

1. Put a “winter supply” box in your car.

This is the single most important thing you can do for your car and for your personal safety. Having a box full of winter supplies in your trunk can make all the difference when something goes wrong while traveling on a cold winter day.

Here’s a quick list of items you should include in that box: a flashlight, road flares, a first-aid kit, a few blankets, a change of warm clothes for the driver, a few extra pairs of gloves, a radio, a charged cellphone for 911 calls, a bag of sand (for traction), an extra ice scraper and some high-energy snacks (like nuts or jerky).

2. Check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels.

Antifreeze is the magical substance that keeps your engine from freezing during those times of the year when you feel like you are freezing.

3. Check your tire pressure and tread depth.

Good tires are the key to staying on the road and keeping safe when the weather is questionable and snow and ice are falling from the sky.

4. Use winter windshield wiper fluid. Not all windshield wiper fluid is the same.

Ordinary fluid that you use in the spring, summer and fall often becomes worse than useless in the winter, as it freezes quickly upon contact with your windshield. Winter fluid is designed for the rigors of winter weather and won’t freeze on your windshield.

5. Switch to a winter-grade oil at your next oil change.

In general, the colder the weather, the thinner you want the oil in your engine to be. The viscosity of your oil in colder weather is indicated by the first number in the oil specification, with a lower number indicating better viscosity in cold weather. For example, a 5W-30 oil is better in the winter than a 10W-30 oil.

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