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9 Essentials of Safe Winter Driving

December 1, 2015
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Whether you’re headed to grandma’s house or out to the job site this winter, you need to prepare for anything that could happen on the road. Ensure your vehicle is working properly and fill it with some winter driving essentials. Here are 9 things to put on your checklist:

  1. Brakes: Brakes should provide even and balanced braking. Also check the brake fluid level.
  2. Cooling System: Ensure a proper mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water in the cooling system at the proper level.
  3. Electrical System: Check the ignition system and make sure that the battery is fully charged and that the connections are clean. Check that the alternator belt is in good condition, with proper tension.
  4. Engine: Inspect all engine systems.
  5. Exhaust System: Check exhaust for leaks and ensure all clamps and hangers are snug.
  6. Tires: Check for proper tread depth and for signs of damage or uneven wear. Ensure tires are properly inflated.
  7. Oil: Check the oil level, and change the oil and oil filter if necessary.
  8. Visibility Systems: Inspect all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window) and wipers. Install winter windshield wipers.
  9. Pack an emergency kit: Make sure to always have these things in your vehicle:
              - Cellphone or two-way radio
              - Windshield ice scraper
              - Extra windshield wiper fluid
              - Snow brush
              - Flashlight with extra batteries
             - Shovel
              - Tow chain
              - Traction aids (bag of sand or granular cat litter)
              - Emergency flares
              - Jumper cables
              - Snacks and Water
              - Road maps
              - Blankets, change of warm clothes

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