Winter means cold weather and bad road conditions. You should prepare both yourself and your vehicle to be in prime condition, and to be ready for an emergency.
Try to keep these in your car — it will well outweigh the costs in an emergency situation.
- Extra warm clothing, like another jacket, warm pants, boots, hats, gloves and other warm outerwear.
- A scraper for snow and ice, which can help remove obstructions from your car and get you seeing clearly.
- Jumper cables and windshield fluid.
- A shovel, to assist in removing snow if you get stuck.
Snow tires are an important part of driving your vehicle safely during the winter time. While all-season tires can be effective at helping you avoid minor slips, the best option is to get a pair of dedicated winter ones.
Ensure your car battery is in good condition and well-charged for an emergency, to make sure you can always start your car.
Try to keep your gas tank as full as possible for two reasons: you want to have sufficient gas in an emergency, and want to add additional weight to your car which can help reduce slipping on ice and snow.
We hope all these tips will help keep your car in tip-top shape, and let you have a pleasant winter driving experience!