We live in Wisconsin. Our state does not shut down for snow—or any crazy winter weather, for that matter! That’s why we all should take a few minutes to prepare our car for the treacherous winter roads that are part of winter driving.
- Schedule all oil changes well in advance so you’re ready for your holiday travel.
- Have your oil replaced with a lighter weight for the winter.
- Check and fill your antifreeze fluid.
- Keep your washer fluid reservoir filled so you have clear visibility during winter storms.
- Replace your windshield wipers.
- Stock up your winter emergency kit (here’s what to pack in your car before the snow hits).
- Keep a pair of boots in your car in case you go off the road.
- Put road flares in your car so other motorists can see you if you need to pull over.
- Check your tire tread to ensure your tires have traction when you need it.
- Put new snow tires on so you can make it through the snow. (Find out the difference between all-season and snow tires.)
- If your dashboard lights are on, get your car in to your mechanic to diagnose and repair any problems.
- Have your battery checked and replaced, if needed (watch for these signs that it’s time for a new battery).
- Schedule an appointment to get your car a general check-up (hoses, belts, suspension, etc.).
- Don’t wait to get your brakes replaced when they wear down (look for these signs of worn brakes).