Cold weather is a challenge for a lot of vehicles. By performing routine maintenance, you can make sure your vehicle is up to the challenge of winter driving.
Purchase, assemble, or update emergency kit: Some new vehicles offer buyers an optional emergency kit for their car, but car owners can make their own for a lot less money by stocking a small back with candles, blankets, flashlights, flares, and a First Aid kit. It’s also a good idea to include boots, gloves, jumper cables, tire chains, shovel, and an ice scraper.
Check the antifreeze: Have the radiator system serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze as needed.
Winterize your windshield washer fluid: If you normally use water to clean your windshield, change the fluid to an appropriate winterized mixture to avoid freezing in cold weather.
Check the battery: Check your battery and alternator to make sure there is no corrosion and that they have enough capacity to get you through the winter.
Check tires: Make sure your tires are rated all-weather and are not low on tread. If you live in a wintery climate, consider switching to snow tires.
Check tire pressure: While underinflated tires are never a good idea, an overinflated tire is equally dangerous and can reduce much-needed traction on the road.