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Winterizing Vehicles

Nov 17, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

Since most of us rely on our vehicles to transport us to work, school, the grocery store and other places, it’s important to know your environment and prepare your vehicle for the colder weather conditions.

CHECK IT:

  • Fluid levels
    • Coolant
    • Engine Oil
    • Transmission Fluid
    • Brake Fluid
    • Power Steering Fluid
    • Windshield Fluid
  • Battery
  • Thermostat
  • Defroster & Heater
  • Tires
    • Buy winter tires or chains that fit your current tires.
    • Check the tread.
    • Check your air pressure (based on your vehicle).
  • Brakes
  • Lights (including your hazards)
  • Exhaust System
  • Fuel and Air Filters
  • Windshield wipers

PREPARE:

Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Include the following:

  • Ice Scraper
  • Road Salt or Cat Litter
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Rope
  • Jumper Cables
  • Emergency Flares
  • Matches
  • Pocket knife
  • Water
  • Non-Perishable Snack Food
  • Blankets and Warm Socks
  • Tool Kit
  • First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, Medications, etc.)
  • Brightly-Colored Flag or Shirt

DRIVE SAFELY

  • Allow plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. Your tires will be more slippery on the wet grounds, and may take longer than usual to stop your vehicle.
  • Brake Gently
  • Use your lights. Fog, rain and snow can impact your visibility.
  • Keep your lights and windshield clean.

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