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Six More Weeks of Winter: Is Your Vehicle Ready for the Unexpected?

Posted on: 07, February, 2014

With six more weeks of winter on the way, according to Punxsutawney Phil, you can’t predict if you’ll find yourself stranded like motorists recently were in Atlanta. It’s best to be ready for the unexpected and make sure your vehicle is performing reliably and properly equipped with an emergency kit.

When unforeseen events occur, like severe weather or a major accident, your car could become your home for hours. By reviewing a quick checklist, you’ll be better prepared to handle unpredictable winter weather conditions that can leave you stranded.

Before leaving the driveway this winter, the Car Care Council recommends you do the following:

  • Be sure the heater and defroster are working properly.
  • Stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, candles and matches.
  • Bring along blankets and extra clothes, bottled water, dry food snacks and essential medication.
  • Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure, including the spare in the trunk.
  • Fill washer fluid and change wiper blades that are cracked or torn, or that chatter, streak and don’t properly clean your windshield.
  • Check to see that the headlights and taillights work and are properly aimed.
  • Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system.

It’s never good to gamble with safety when it comes to your vehicle, so if you haven’t had your vehicle checked recently, now is the time to “be car care aware” and get a thorough vehicle inspection including a brake inspection, battery check and tune up.

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