Winterize Your Car - Driving SafetyWinter weather can be harsh, and it’s not just your car that suffers. With snow and plummeting temperatures, driving can become dangerous. Don’t risk it. Take the necessary steps to winterize your car and be ready for any icy challenges that come your way.

Experience the Magic of Winter Driving – Safely

Driving through snow-covered roads can be a mesmerizing experience. However, it’s important to be prepared for the additional challenges that come with it. The National Highway Safety Administration suggests some essential steps to get your car winter-ready. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the most important actions to take so you can confidently tackle the winter months and everything they bring.

Don’t let winter catch you unprepared – take action now to protect yourself and your vehicle from the harsh elements.


Check Your Car Battery


Make sure your battery has enough charge. The wires should be free of cracks, and all attachments should be firmly in place.


Are Your Tires Ready for Ice and Snow?


Worn tires and tires with low air pressure can be dangerous when the roads get iced over or wet from rain. Fill your tires to their recommended pressure. Also, snow tires are specially designed for winter conditions. If you are in a snowy part of the country, consider changing all four tires before winter weather hits.


Wiper Blades Are Key to Good Visibility


Driving in snow can be risky enough. The last thing you need is windshield wipers that smear rather than clear. Pay attention to how your wipers are performing and install new ones if needed.


The Right Engine Oil Can Make the Difference


Most engine oils are designed to handle a wide range of temperatures, but some are designed specifically to deal with freezing weather. For that last oil change before winter comes, get yourself the right oil for the season.


Do You Have Enough Antifreeze?


The cooling system in a modern car usually takes antifreeze and water in equal proportions. If the weather gets cold enough, you might need to add more antifreeze. Even a 70/30 ratio is not too much for extreme temperatures. Check the antifreeze container for the manufacturer’s recommendations.


Keep Your Locks Working


Frigid weather can freeze your car’s locks, leaving you stranded outside your vehicle. Prevent this with silicone spray or a door-lock lubricant. If your locks have already frozen, a lock antifreeze or glycerin will get them working again.


Stock Your Car with Supplies


You might find yourself stuck and far from immediate help despite your precautions. Prepare for any eventuality by keeping the right supplies with you when you drive, even on short trips. You’ll want the following items:

  • Flashlight (with fresh batteries)
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Blanket, gloves, and hat
  • Kitty litter to give traction for tires stuck in the snow
  • Food and water


Don’t take chances this winter. Prepare for winter conditions and even the possibility of being stranded. With a little preparation, you’ll be ready for the cold weather. Keep yourself and your family safe this winter.


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