The calendar months have changed to November, and with that comes the end of fall, and the beginning of winter. Though were are weeks away from the freezing temperatures New England has to offer, it can never be too early to start preparing for the cold weather, including snow. Below are a few tips to help get prepared and keep your car ready for winter.
Winter Supply/Emergency Kit: It’s impossible to determine what can occur on winter roads, whether you are in the city or out in the suburbs. For both car and personal safety, put together an emergency kit to help prepare yourself for any and all types of situations. Must have items include:
- A flashlight and extra batteries
- A cell phone and charger
- Non-perishables such as energy bars and water
- Extra pair of clothes and blankets
- First aid kit
- Battery jump cables
- A sand bag to help traction and get out of the car
- An extra ice scraper
Check Your Battery: Cold weather can take a toll on a car’s battery, be sure to have it checked by a professional.
Change Your Windshield Wiper Fluid: A common misconception is that windshield fluid used in summer and spring can also be used during the winter months. This is incorrect, and you should be sure to change to winter fluid. Windshield wiper fluid used during summer consists of mostly water, which would be ineffective during the cold. Winter fluid adds alcohol to help get rid of snow and ice, making the material on your windshield less likely to freeze.
Have Enough Antifreeze: When driving in winter you might be cold, but your car can be as well. To avoid your engine freezing, be sure to have the coolant system flushed before freezing temperatures hit. Follow the instructions in your car’s manual to check the levels of antifreeze. By doing so, you can avoid damage costs that could run up into the thousands.
Check Your Brakes: Brakes should be regularly checked, but especially in the coming weeks before winter. This is not only for your safety, but the safety of others as well.
These items will help prepare you in the event of an emergency, and will help keep you safe. For more information about winter and car issues, or if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 617-364-1722