Wiper Fluid and Windshield – Fog, snow and rain reduce visibility in winter, allowing you to use your straws and washing liquid much more than normal. Antifreeze with winter brushes will help fight against accumulation of ice. Keep extra solvent breezes on hand is handy too!
Battery – A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals and fluids will help you to ensure that your car is ready for winter. The cold puts more pressure on the battery. Many auto parts stores will test the capacity of your battery with no charge.
Inspect Your Tires – If you do not ride winter tires on your vehicle, be sure to examine your current tires for the remaining life of the treadmill, uneven wear and the cup and check the sidewalls for scratches and minor cuts to help You know if your tires are ready for bad weather. Lower temperatures also reduce the pressure on your tires, resulting in poor performance in the snow. You should check tire pressure frequently.
Refrigerant – In addition to regulating engine temperature, a vehicle’s refrigeration system is responsible for protecting the engine against corrosion. For the winter season, you want to make sure that you use the correct soda for water in your system as well as using the right kind of soda for your car. If you are unsure, you can check the efficiency of your soda with a simple and inexpensive test found at any auto parts store.
Ice Scraper – Keep your ice scraper in your vehicle and always clean your car thoroughly, not just a small light on the windscreen. You should be able to see all of its surroundings, its side mirrors and through its rear window. Snow on top of your car can slide down and cover your windshield while you slow down or fly in another person’s vehicle while driving. In some states, it is the law that your vehicle is free of snow and ice.
Survival Kit – especially during periods of smooth road conditions and below-zero temperatures, you will want to keep a survival kit in the car at all times for emergencies. Some things to consider include extra gloves, boots and blankets, flares, tire chains, a flashlight and extra batteries, a car charger or portable charger and a whistle. Also check your spare tire and make sure the car jack is in good condition and in working condition.
Keep Your Gas Tank Up Halfway – Whether you get stuck or not, your car engine will be your only source of heat, and you want to make sure you have enough fuel to keep it warm. In some cases it may be necessary to remove the snow behind the exhaust pipe and keep clear to avoid accumulating deadly gas in the vehicle.