Emergency Preparedness: Winterize your Car

Many of us know to buy a bag of rock salt or ice melt, sand,etc for sidewalks during winter weather, but now is the perfect time to gather a few items to store in your vehicle during winter, just in case you find yourself in a bad situation.

 You'll have so much peace of mind by having this done.

You can even make a family activity of it by making the list into a scavenger hunt for the family around the house or at a local store if you need to purchase items.

 www.ready.gov has two lists for winterizing your car. The first is a list of maintenance items you should do before winter, and the second is a list of items to update or start your emergency kit stored in your car.

List one: Winter Vehicle Maintenance:

  • Antifreeze levels Battery and ignitions system: Make sure in top condition and clean battery terminals
  • Brakes: check for wear and fluid levels
  •  Fuel and Air filters: Replace.
  •  Maintain a full tank of gas: This will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Heater/defroster: Make sure work properly
  •  Lights/hazard flashing lights: Make sure work properly
  • Oil: check level&proper weight/Heavier oils congeal more at low temps. and do not lubricate well. Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
  •  Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  •  Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread.

 List Two: Update your Car's Emergency Kit:

  •  a shovel
  •  windshield scraper and small broom
  •  flashlight
  •  battery powered radio
  • extra batteries
  •  water
  • snack
  •  food
  • matches
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  •  first aid kit with pocket knife
  •  necessary medications blanket(s)
  •  tow chain or rope road
  • salt and sand
  •  booster cables
  • emergency flares
  •  fluorescent distress flag

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