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How to Winterize Your Car

Last updated on October 31, 2019 at 05:06 pm

With shorter days and colder temperatures across New Jersey, Massachusetts and the greater Northeast region, it’s important to stay prepared for winter road conditions and emergency situations. Just by taking a few preventative steps now, you may be able to save yourself from accidents later. Here are four simple things you can do to winterize your car:

Change your windshield wipers. Most windshield wipers should be replaced every six to 12 months. When you combine a pair of old wipers with low quality washer fluid that does not melt ice, it’s possible to reduce your visibility to a potentially dangerous level.

Replace tires that are worn or close to wearing out. Never gamble on bare treads. If you are not sure whether you need to replace your tires try the penny test for a basic gauge or have them inspected by a trusted professional.

Get a checkup. Your car needs proper maintenance to remain in good working order. Consider taking your car to a trusted mechanic or your dealership for a checkup. If necessary, replace worn parts, like brakes, and be sure to get things like oil and antifreeze levels checked.

Pack an emergency kit. Winter storms can catch drivers off guard (although it’s usually best to avoid driving in bad weather, if possible). In addition to getting your vehicle mechanically ready to handle winter weather, make sure you have the necessary supplies in case you’re stranded on the road during cold weather. To prepare, stock your car with an emergency kit full of the essentials (radio, flashlight, batteries, reflectors, road flares, and jumper cables) and add some winter items.

Every good winter emergency kit should start with:

  • Hat and waterproof winter gloves
  • Sand or cat litter for extra traction
  • Reflectors/flares to alert other drivers of your vehicle
  • Windshield scraper
  • Flashlight

While you’re preparing your car for winter weather, it may also be a good idea to prepare your home. Plymouth Rock Assurance has tips to handle severe winter weather at home.

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