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Winter Car Prep Tips for Drivers

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Is it December already? As temperatures drop, you might want to take the time to get some winter car prep time before the freezing temperatures of January and February move in. Extreme cold can have a big impact on the inner-workings of your vehicle, so it’s best to be prepared.

Check Your Fluids

It’s best to have your vehicle in top working conditions during the colder months so you have one less thing to worry about. Keep your gas above half a tank, top off your oil, keep an eye on your coolant, and next time you get your car serviced…

Switch to Winter-Grade Oil and Wiper Fluid

As part of your fluids check, you should definitely switch over your oil and windshield wiper fluid. Winter-grade oil will be more effective in freezing temperatures, and the wiper fluid you use year-round might freeze on your windshield in extreme conditions.

Gauge Tread Depth and Tire Pressure

Having good grip between your tires and the road is crucial in hazardous road conditions. Cold also makes tires deflate faster, so keep on top of your tire pressure.

Pack a Winter Emergency Kit

Accidents still happen even if you stay on top of maintenance and do everything right. In those cases, you should have things like blankets, water bottles, a flashlight, and other emergency supplies packed and in your trunk.

Winter car prep will help you and your vehicle get through the cold winter months easier and safer than ever.

Packing a Winter Survival Kit for Your Car

North Carolina isn’t known for its winter weather, but if you’re headed north or into the mountains any time this winter, you need to be prepared.

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Winter Survival Guide

Here are some great items you should pack in a winter survival kit for your car.

  • If you get stranded on the side of the road, you’ll want to stay warm. Bring extra gloves, hats, and blankets. Wool blankets are recommended since they repel water keep you warm even if you get wet.
  • You don’t want to be hungry or thirsty, so bring water and snacks, like nuts, dried fruit, and granola to keep your energy up and your stomach full.
  • In case you’re stuck in a snow drift, winter boots, a small shovel and cat litter, sand, or salt will help get you free. Dig away the snow from around your tires and sprinkle some sand in front of them for extra traction
  • Items you should keep in your car year round include jumper cables, a first aid kit, and a flashlight.

Do you have any other items you recommend keeping for a winter emergency? If you do, let us know here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!