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5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Post Date:11/30/2019 8:00 AM

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As we transition to colder weather, Sandy City Fleet Management recommends five things you can do today to ensure your car operates successfully through the winter.

  • Check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels. Antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing during those extremely cold days. You can also directly check and top off your antifreeze levels by following the instructions in your car’s manual.

  • Check your tire pressure and tread depth. Good tires are the key to staying on the road and keep you safe in snowy weather and icy conditions. Do your part to ensure your tires are in good shape. Use a simple gauge to check and fill your tire pressure to the correct level. To check your tires for the appropriate amounts of tread, simply use the “Lincoln test.” Insert a penny into your tire’s tread with the top of Lincoln’s head pointing inward toward the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you need to replace the tire before winter weather begins. Also, consider installing winter tires before the season begins, as they will make all the difference when it comes to getting around.

  • Use winter windshield wiper fluid. Not all windshield wiper fluid is the same. Ordinary fluid that you use in the spring, summer, and fall often becomes useless in the winter, as it freezes quickly upon contact with your windshield.

  • Check your engine oil level and your battery. Low oil levels will damage your engine and season changes will drain weak batteries and leave you stranded in your car. If you have an old battery, have it tested at a local auto parts store. 

  • Put a “winter supply” box in your car. Having a winter supply box in your trunk can make all the difference when something goes wrong while traveling on a cold winter day. Here is a quick list of items you should include in that box: flashlight, first-aid kit, blankets, gloves, a bag of sand (for traction), ice scraper, some high-energy snacks (like nuts or jerky), water, and a shovel for digging out of deep snow.

All these items are useful for operating a motor vehicle in the winter months. During winter weather driving, remember to slow down and increase your following distance.