Winterize Your Car

Winterize Your Car

 As the maple leaves collect on the ground in brilliant reds and golds, the ground begins to cool and the sandals slide into the back of the closet. Fall has arrived, rain is gluing fallen leaves to the sidewalks, and snow is tickling at the edges of our minds. It is time to prepare for the cold and the challenges that come with it.


Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.

  • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.

  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.

    Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary.

  • Carbon Monoxide – deadly and usually gives no warning.

  • Fuel and Air Filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

  • Heater and Defroster – ensure they work properly.

  • Lights and Flashing Hazard Lights – check for serviceability.

  • Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.

  • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.

  • Windshield Wiper Equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

  • Tires – Install good winter tires – Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.

Some states require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
▪ a shovel
▪ windshield scraper and small broom
▪ flashlight
▪ battery powered radio
▪ extra batteries
▪ extra hats, socks and mittens
▪ fluorescent distress flag
▪ first aid kit with pocket knife
▪ necessary medications
▪ blanket(s)
▪ tow chain or rope
▪ road salt and sand
▪ booster cables
▪ emergency flares
▪ water
▪ matches

Resources -

Winterizing Your Car PDF