As a Houstonian, I rarely have to worry about snow or extreme winter temperatures. But my friends who live further north (particularly my Canadian friends). always share their stories of blizzards and freezing temperatures. They are especially concerned about making sure their cars survive the harsh winters.
As winter approaches, some basic maintenance should take place on your vehicle so that you’re prepared for winter driving in bad weather, reduced sunlight and poor road conditions. Doing this maintenance will ensure your vehicle runs reliably. Here are some simple precautions and maintenance tips to keep your car running smoothly this winter season.
Blades of hazard
Oil it up
The pressure’s on
It’s all in the mix
Do you have four-wheel drive?
Wax on wax off
In case of emergency
It’s always good to have an emergency winter driving kit readily available. Store your kit in the trunk during cooler months, especially if the season involves road trips for holiday travel. Your emergency kit may include:
extra boots and gloves
an extra set of warm clothes
extra water and food, including hard candies
an ice scraper
a small shovel
a tool kit
a tire gauge
a spare tire with air in it
a first-aid kit
a bag of abrasive material such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, which can provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow.
How do you prepare for winter driving?
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