1. Heater & Defroster: Stay warm
Schedule an appointment with your mechanic to ensure your heating system works properly.
2. Emergency Kit: Stock up
Don’t forget to store an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you get stranded in the cold. Your kit should include a working flashlight, phone numbers for your mechanic and roadside emergency service provider, an extra blanket or rain poncho, jumper cables, emergency flares, a radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit and some snacks and water.
3. Wipers & Fluid: See clearly
Winter driving conditions require that windshield wipers be in good working order to maximize visibility. Examine your wiper blades for splitting or peeling. Make sure to keep your washer fluid reservoir full with fluid that is rated for freezing temperatures.
4. Tires: Get a grip
Check the tread and traction on your tires to help prevent slipping and sliding in slick conditions. Consider switching to winter tires, which have deeper tread patterns, to provide the best grip in snow, ice and slush. Cold weather tends to lower air pressure, so make sure to keep your tires properly inflated.
5. Brakes: Stop safely
Have your auto service professional check for wear and brake fluid levels. Slick, icy roads make stopping more difficult, so make sure your brakes stay in tiptop condition.
6. Battery: Power up
Cold weather reduces battery capacity. Ask your auto technician to test your battery to make sure your vehicle’s power reserve is sufficient. It’s not a bad idea to replace a battery that’s more than 3 years old so you aren’t caught in the cold without power.
SOURCE: ANGIES LIST