Do you Winterize your vehicle?

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

  • Blanket(s)
  • Battery powered radio
  • Emergency flares
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Flashlight
  • Fluorescent distress flag
  • Jumper cables
  • Insurance Companies Claims and Roadside Assistance Number
  • Matches
  • Necessary medications
  • Phone Charger
  • Road salt and sand
  • Snack food
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Water
  • Windshield scraper and small broom