When it comes to winterization, over-preparedness is never a bad thing. So much can be done to damage your car during its regular winter operation. From the salt on the road to the slippery conditions from snow and sleet, winter is a hazardous time to be driving. Here’s a list of simple preparations you can do to make sure that you’re ready to be out on the roads safely this winter:
Create a Winter Kit
When it comes to winter driving, take nothing for granted. The conditions can change anytime, and one bad patch of ice is all it takes to cause severe damage. Create a winter survival kit with safety items you can fit in your trunk that will help you in the event of an emergency. This kit should include, at a minimum:
- Warm blanket
- Spare Coat
- Ice scraper for the windows
- Road flares
- Small first aid kit
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Jumper Cables
- Bottled Water
- Fully charged portable USB battery bank
In a winter emergency, such as a sudden snowstorm, you will want to keep warm, stay visible, and make sure that you have a way to keep what you need to contact the outside world charged and ready to go.
Change Into Winter Tires and Wipers
Winter tires, designed to withstand the cold temperatures and hazards on the road during icy and snowy winters, are a wise investment for those who deal with harsh winters. They also have tracks specially designed to grip roads even in snow, slush, or ice. Winter wipers are wiper blades that clear ice and snow better than all-season wipers so you can have better visibility on the road.
Watch the Weather Conditions
With winter weather, take nothing for granted. Check the weather on trusted sites every day before heading out on the road. One of the worst things that could happen is being unprepared for adverse weather conditions while driving.