Is your vehicle ready for the winter season?
The winter storm season is upon many of us. Time to make sure whatever you’re driving – company car or personal vehicle – is as ready as you are.
Winter Safety Checks for Your Car.
- Brakes. Check brake fluid level. Braking should be smooth and balanced, not herky jerky or any shaking of the wheel.
- Fluids in the cooling system. Again, make sure this is at the right level, with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze to water.
- Battery. Your battery should be fully charged, with clean connections and no cracks in the battery. Be sure you have jumper cables in your trunk.
- Exhaust. Make sure you don’t have any leaks and tighten any loose clamps or hangers.
- Tires. Look for any signs of damage or uneven wear on the treads. Tires should be properly inflated to the right level.
- Visibility. Make sure you are able to see out of all windows. Check headlights and tail lights, defrosters and wipers. For an extra measure of safety use winter windshield wipers. And be sure your wiper fluid is filled.
Other winter safety tips.
- One best practice is to keep at least a half tank of gas at all times in your vehicle.
- Another is to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle stocked with the right supplies: windshield scrapers, snow brush, flashlights and batteries, shovel, emergency flares, and even water.
- Keep an old (but warm!) blanket in your trunk in case you get stuck. It can be used for warmth or to help keep your tires from spinning should you get stuck. A bag of sand is another alternative.
- NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office. Tune in if you need to.
Be prepared. Winter storms can hit quickly.
Most importantly, be sure to follow instructions from your local authorities.