Winter is coming and it won’t be long before we have snow on the ground and reports of upcoming storms. That means its time to make sure our cars are in good running order and assemble a emergency car kit to have on hand, just in case. As always, if the roads are treacherous and you don’t really need to go out, the best bet would veto stay home.
Beginning with the car itself, check out the condition of:
Antifreeze levels – sufficient to avoid freezing.
Battery and ignition system – should be in good condition, battery terminals should be clean.
Brakes – check for wear and brake fluid level.
Exhaust system – check for leaks and repair or replace as necessary.
Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using fuel additives.
A full tank of gas will help prevent gas line freeze and also prevent getting stranded by running out of gas.
Heater and defroster – check that they work.
Lights and flashing hazard lights – check to see that they operate correctly..
Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils do not lubricate as well in lower temps.