Winter Is Coming. Like House Stark, we do have to remain vigilant with this time of year and make sure our vehicles are prepared to keep us safe through until spring.
First up, change your tires. Four matched tires that carry the mountain/snowflake symbol are best. Tires marked with an M+S, which means Mud and Snow, is acceptable, but do not give the same degree of performance as the mountain/snowflake in extreme conditions.
Next, get us to do a winter maintenance check up. Preventative maintenance is the way to go. Having all your systems checked before they break down will save money and headaches in the long run. Have your battery, brakes, lights, fuses, and heating systems, electrical and exhaust systems all given the once over by a certified mechanic.
While you’re at it, have your wiper blades changed to winter blades. They’re heavier, and will push ice and snow more easily. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful and remove as much snow and ice from your vehicle before you go anywhere. Give yourself extra time before you have to leave to make sure everything is cleared properly.
Be prepared with an emergency kit. Non-perishable food, blankets, and first aid supplies are great to have. Also make sure you have a spare tire, jack, and wheel wrench in case you get a flat. Tire chains and gloves, as well as battery jumper cables, and sandbags for extra weight can also all help if you get stuck, or your batter needs a boost. And if you’re traveling for a while, make sure you bring your cell phone, as well as a way to charge it while you’re driving, just in case you need to make an emergency call.
The common thread is “preparedness”. Make sure everything is done in advance so that if something does happen, you’re ahead of it. Winter is Coming.