Here in New England, we know the weather can get tough to deal with during the winter months. While many people focus on preparing their homes and the health of their families, it can often be easy to overlook the essential steps you should take to prepare your car for the winter. Here are some important things you should do to prepare your vehicle for the icy roads and winter conditions you will face as you drive over the next few months.
- Tires – Not only should you regularly check your tires’ pressure, but you should also check the tread on your tires, especially since it may be worn down amidst snow, ice, and dirt. You want the best possible traction on your tires as you drive this winter.
- Windshield – Your wiper blades should be replaced and equipped to clean your entire windshield, while you should also use de-icing windshield fluid.
- Brakes – It may be a good idea to replace your brakes before hitting the road this winter. Ice and snow can be very tricky and slippery, and brake failure can be the ultimate danger.
- Paint – By waxing your car, you are protecting the precious paint job from the harsh winter elements, not to mention the coarse salt that will be on roads everywhere.
- Lights – The winter months in New England are notoriously much darker, and you want to make sure all of your vehicle’s lights are prepared for optimal visibility as you drive. Visually inspect your brake lights, headlights, taillights, hazards, signals, etc.
- Antifreeze – Check your antifreeze ratio of water to antifreeze, that way you do not risk it freezing. A normal 50-50 ratio will usually suffice, unless it gets extremely cold.
- Emergency Kit – Traveling with an emergency kit will protect you in the event you run into car trouble and are stranded in the cold. Pack a first-aid kit, blankets, a flare, jumper cables, a tire iron and jack, a flashlight, extra batteries, and water bottles, just to be prepared!
- Auto Insurance – Having the right car insurance policy will keep you protected in the event of an accident. Winter can be a dangerous time to drive, so you want to make sure you’re covered, as well!
The roads can be dangerous all the time, but especially during the winter months. You can’t afford to not be prepared for the change that is coming. Stay safe amidst the snow and ice this season with these essential tips for your car. *