It’s that time of year again…the temperatures drop from here going forward, the air gets more dry, precipitation increases and everything gets a little darker. As we welcome winter, there are a few things to check off our winter car prep to-do list:

  1. Think Snow Tires – Winter roads in the Northeast are cold, slippery, slushy, icy, snowy…you name it. Be sure to get your snow tires on before the snow flies. If your snow tires from last winter are low in tread depth, it’s time to shop for a new set.
  2. Fill Up on Antifreeze – As the temperatures drop, the chance for freezing increases. It is important that your antifreeze is filled to the proper level. Consult your owner’s manual for guidance on how to fill or change the antifreeze.
  3. Inspect Your Battery – Winter’s harsh temperatures are particularly rough on the battery in your car. Test your battery’s capacity for a charge, make sure that it’s not rusted and that all connections are secure. You don’t want to find yourself stuck in the next blizzard with a dead battery, or running late to work because your car won’t start. If your battery is old (check the date), it’s a good idea to replace it before winter is here.
  4. Stock Up Your Emergency Kit – If you DO find yourself stranded and waiting on the tow truck you’re going to want to have some essentials handy. Make sure you pack some water and nonperishable snacks, warm blankets, flashlight, flares or reflective triangle, a first aid kid, kitty litter to help you get your tires unstuck, and even a jump pack. Some extras to throw in your kit are portable battery packs for your phone and a lighter in case the flares run out or don’t light.
  5. See Clearly – Now is a good time to make sure you have an effective window scraper and snow brush in your car. You also want to check up on your wipers both front and back to make sure they can handle the season, clean your headlights and tail lights, and make sure your heat and defrosters are working properly.

Have a safe and joyful winter season!