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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

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