How Do You Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving?

Just as you would dress yourself in extra layers, your car needs extra preparation to make it through the winter as well.

Did you know that about 70% of winter deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles? The Connecticut Auto Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm encourage you to prepare your vehicle for winter. It can help you stay safe in poor conditions, steer clear of accidents, and avoid breakdowns.

Take these four steps to prepare your vehicle for ice and snow…

  • Get a tune-up - Don’t let extreme temperatures drain your car. Check your oil, fix leaks, check coolant, and replace your wipers.
  • Arm your car - Protect your car from freezing this winter.
    • Arm your car with thinner, winter-grade oil.
    • Always keep your fuel above 1/4 tank.
    • Update your tires for the winter, and if roads are particularly slick, install chains on your tires.
    • Make sure your antifreeze ratio is 50-50.
  • Pack Your Car In Case You Get Stuck - A winter accident could leave you stuck on the side of the road. Packing your car with a few essentials will help keep you safe and ready for whatever conditions pop up on your trip.
    • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before you leave the house.
    • Keep a snow and ice scraper as well as a shovel in your vehicle.
    • Make sure your first aid kit is packed in the car and has a full assortment of supplies.
    • Before any significant winter drive away from home, assemble a winter kit for yourself including a flashlight with fresh batteries, blankets, matches, extra clothes, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks.
  • Avoid Driving In Dangerous ConditionsListen to the radio or watch local television news for updates on road conditions.
    • Obey state or local officials if roads are closed.
    • Clear off your car every time you go out for maximum visibility. Just as it’s important for you to be able to see, it’s also important for other vehicles to be able to see you.

This winter, make sure your car is as prepared as you are. Going the extra mile by getting your vehicle ready for winter, and learning what it takes to drive safely through ice and snow could save your life. Now is the time to prepare, before Connecticut’s winter weather sets in!