The weather is starting to get cooler and before you know it the snow will be falling! It’s important to plan ahead and get your car ready for winter. Failing to prepare can be a safety issue or end up costing you money in the long run.  

Pack a Winter Emergency Kit
We all know the weather forcast isn’t accurate 100% of the time, which means you never know when a storm could be worse than predicted. Prepare with a winter emergency kit which can help should you find yourself stranded in an emergency situation. Place a box of these items in your car just incase: a hat and gloves, warm blanket, first aid kit, jumper cables, simple tool kit (includes a screwdriver, pliers and wrench), flashlight, shovel and ice scraper, dry snacks and water, a bag of sand or salt, matches and an extra cell phone charger or power bank.

Check The Tires
The depth of your tire tread is very important when driving in snow and ice, make sure you have enough tread and your tire pressure is adequate. You may want to consider a tire rotation this fall or winter tires.

Replace Old Wiper Blades
When was the last time you replaced your wiper blades? If you can’t remember, then it may be time for new ones. New blades can make a real difference especially as snow or a wintery mix is coming down.

Check Under the Hood
Test your car battery and inspect all belts and hoses. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for it’s worth a trip to the shop to make sure everything is working as it should. While you are there have your fluids changed or toped off, this includes your brake system fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and washer fluid.

Remember To Gas Up
During the winter months it’s important to keep your gas tank over half full. When it’s cold moisture can build up in empty spaces which can freeze up and create issues or it can dilute the fuel and put strain on the car’s pumps and other parts.  

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