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5 Tips For Winterizing Your Car

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Winters in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other northern states can be exceedingly harsh. If you think that your vehicle is ready to tackle the winter roads as it is, you might need to think again.

There are essential steps you should take every single year to fully winterize your car for the season ahead.

1. Seek pre-season vehicle service

Before winter comes in full swing, bring your car in for professional service to ensure your battery, brakes, and other parts can handle severe weather.

2. Regularly check tire pressure

Low temperatures inevitably lead to a loss of tire pressure. In addition to switching to more suitable winter tires, you should regularly check the pressure to ensure it is at the recommended level as stated in your vehicle’s manual.

3. Use the correct wiper fluid

Winter precipitation can do a number on your windshield visibility, but you need to use wiper fluid that is functional in low temperatures.

4. Keep gas in the tank

Keeping your tank at least halfway full can help prevent gas line freezes and ensure that your car can run for long periods of time if you become stranded and need warmth.

5. Prepare a winter safety kit

There are essential items you must keep in your trunk to help you get your car running in the winter, escape a stranded situation, or simply survive if you must wait in the cold for help to arrive. Every winter safety kit should include:

  • First-aid supplies
  • Blankets and warm clothing
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scrapers
  • Flares
  • Food and water
  • Antifreeze
  • Snow shovel

You rely on your car to get you where you need to go all year round. If you do not prepare your car for the winter, however, you can sustain serious injuries in a car accident or become stranded.