Winterize Your Vehicle

  • Check, or have a mechanic check, the following items on your car:
    • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid
    • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be
    • Brakes – check for wear and fluid
    • Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
    • Heater and defroster – ensure they work
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for
    • Oil – check for level and Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat – ensure it works
    • Windshield wiper equipment – Repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid l
    • Install good winter tires – make sure the tires have adequate All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
    • a shovel
    • windshield scraper and small broom
    • flashlight
    • battery powered radio
    • extra batteries
    • water
    • snack food
    • matches
    • extra hats, socks and mittens o first aid kit with pocket knife o necessary medications
    • blanket(s)
    • tow chain or rope o road salt and sand o booster cables
    • emergency flares
    • fluorescent distress flag

More information can be found at ready.gov.