The days are short, the nights are cold. It’s time to prepare your vehicle for winter. Please read through this list of items before you drive in the snow.
  • Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, battery and exhaust system function properly.
  • Check your antifreeze to make sure it has the correct mixture to prevent freezing in cold conditions.
  • Make sure your windshield washer fluid reservoir is full and contains washer fluid that won’t freeze.
  • Ensure your tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread. As tires wear their ability to perform in rain and snow is reduced.
  • If your vehicle needs chains make sure that you have the proper size chains for your tires. Carry a flashlight, chain repair kit and gloves to help with installation. Know if your vehicle is a front or rear drive vehicle. Chains need to be installed on the drive wheels.
  • Carry an ice scraper to scrape your windows, broom or brush to knock off snow, a shovel in case your vehicle gets stuck and an old towel to clean and dry your hands. Also consider packing jumper cables and a tow strap.
  • Stock your vehicle with water, food, blankets and extra clothes. You will appreciate these items if you experience road delays or closures.
  • Keep a current map containing your areas of travel in your car. You never know when you might encounter a detour due to road and weather conditions.
  • Hide an extra key on the outside of your car or keep an extra key in your pocket in case you accidentally lock yourself out.