Who remembers the Winter Storm on January 29, 2014 that happened in Georgia? Were you prepared for the onslought of a disaster many of us were stuck in? Here are some tips to help you prepare your car for this years winter weather.
Winterize Your Vehicle
- 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 is 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.
Emergency Kit for your Vehicle
- Battery powered radio
- Emergency flares
- Extra batteries
- Extra hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Fluorescent distress flag
- Jumper cables
- Insurance Companies Claims and Roadside Assistance Number
- Necessary medications
- Phone Charger
- Road salt and sand
- Snack food
- Tow chain or rope
- Windshield scraper and small broom