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Safety Checklist for Winter Driving

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December is fast approaching and I need to do a safety checklist for winter driving. I don’t want to be caught in my vehicle broken down, freezing cold, and not prepared. It seems the older I get the more prepared I am for what could happen. Thank goodness.

Safety Checklist for Winter Driving

  • Replace wiper blades – Check to make sure the blades clear the glass without leaving streaks or marks. You don’t realize how important good wiper blades are until you’re in the middle of a snowstorm and you can’t see out the windshield.
  • Fill washer fluid – Make sure the window washer fluid is filled, with all the salt on the roads windshields get pretty mucked up in a short amount of time when you’re on the road.
  • Check coolant levels – Check the coolant level when the engine is cold. If the coolant is low add a ratio of 50/50 of coolant and water.
  • Check tire pressure and tire tread – When the temperatures start getting cold it reduces the air pressure in your tires. For every 10 degrees, you lose 1 pound of air pressure. In the winter check them frequently.
    Battery check, cables, and terminals
  • Check hoses and belts – Look at the coolant system and check for any cracks and leaks. Squeeze the hoses to check for brittleness. Tighten all loose clamps.
  • Check lights – Check brake lights, head lights, and emergency lights. Replace bulbs as needed.
  • Check brakes – Have your brakes checked by a certified mechanic to make sure they are working properly.
  • Emergency Road Kit:
    Jumper cables
    Flares or triangle reflectors.
    A quart or more of motor oil
    A gallon of coolant
    First-aid kit
    Blanket or space blanket
    Flashlight and extra batteries
    Tire pressure gauge
    Basic Toolkit
    Paper towels
    Spray with washer fluid
    Ice scraper
    Granola or energy bars
    Bottled water

    Thank you  Cars.com for sponsoring my safety checklist for winter driving post.

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