Winter is almost here! It’s essential to prepare your car for winter so you don’t end up having difficulty while traveling on the road in harsh conditions.  In addition to making sure your vehicle is in good working order, you need to be aware of some risks that may happen to your car in colder temperatures that you didn’t have to worry about previously.  

Do an Inspection
Inspecting your car to ensure nothing looks like it might cause a problem is the first step. Be sure to check your tires and see if they have a deep tread. This will help with traction across slippery surfaces. Also take a look at your lights (headlights and brake lights) to ensure they’re bright and look for any nicks or cracks in your windshield that will need to be fixed. You can do this initial inspection on your own before going to a professional, or you can go straight you a licensed professional to help you with everything you’d need to do before winter.

Monitor Tire Pressure
Make sure you check your tire pressure monthly during the winter. Having low tire pressure can be very dangerous out on the roads. If you have low tire pressure, you are also in danger of getting a flat. Cold temperatures can cause the seal on your tires to loosen, letting air escape.  It could also be a good idea to invest in some snow tires. If you choose to get snow tires, make sure you switch them out when the roads thaw out in spring. Snow tires can cause your car to not get as great mileage per gallon.

Test Your Battery
Similarly, in cold weather, your battery can start to have some problems; in fact their power can be reduced by up to 50 percent. Be sure to have this checked out by a professional and have them inspect your battery’s fluid and cables.  

Have A Safety Kit in Car
There are many emergency scenarios that can happen during the winter.  If you’re not prepared, you can find yourself in a very dangerous situation that may even lead to frost bite or death. So what should you have in your car’s winter safety kit? Blankets, a foldable shovel, an ice-scraper, booster cables, flashlight, basic first-aid kit, Extra thick socks, a portable cell phone charger, a small tool kit, a large coat, hat, scarf, nonperishable food, and bottled water. While these seem like a lot of extra items, keeping them in a bag in your car could save your life if you’re in an emergency situation.

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Sources:
 https://www.constellation.com/guides/winter-storm-preparedness/preparing-your-car-for-winter.html
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/how-to-winterize-your-car/
https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/winter-car-emergency-kit-be-prepared/