Winter Vehicle Readiness
- 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.