How to Be Sure Your Car is Ready for the Dead of Winter

Winter weather can be dangerous and unpredictable. That’s why it’s so critical to be sure that you and your vehicle are prepared for whatever Mother Nature may throw your way when you’re commuting this time of year.

Here are some tips to help you be sure your car is ready for winter weather:

  1. Be sure your car is properly maintained. If you need an oil change, take your car into a reputable mechanic. He or she will also be able to tell you if you need new tires, windshield wipers, headlights/taillights, or a new battery.
  2. Have extra blankets in your car. If you get stranded due to inclement weather, you will need blankets to help you stay warm while you’re waiting for assistance.
  3. Keep kitty litter in your car in case you need it for traction. If your tires are spinning on an icy surface, put the kitty litter behind the wheels to give you a better grip.
  4. Be sure you can see. While you may be in a rush to get to your destination, be sure that your windows are clear of frost, snow or ice.
  5. Have an emergency kit easily accessible. Inside the kit, you should have: a flashlight, gloves, hat, change of clothes, ice scraper, small shovel, jumper cables, flares, first aid kit, extra food, and plenty of water.

If you do happen to get stuck in your car in winter weather, stay calm, alert the authorities and wait patiently until help arrives. Do not exit the vehicle unless absolutely necessary.