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Are You Prepared for a Winter Road Emergency?

Our winters have been odd in the past few years, which has meant a rollercoaster of ice and snow and random bouts of warmer, thawing weather. That much back and forth leaves an opportunity for black ice and other dangerous weather conditions. Whether you get stranded in a blizzard or spin out on hidden ice, it’s important to know how to prepare for, stay safe in, and act in the event of a winter road emergency. This week, we’ll go over how best to stay prepared for the winter conditions ahead. 

 

Get a winter tune-up

    As the seasons change and the year goes by, it’s important to get regular tune-ups on your vehicle. When you’re getting your car checked for the winter, you’ll want to make sure that you check on your battery, brakes, heating and cooling systems, components like belts, hoses, spark plugs, and other wires and cables, and all your fluids; oil, antifreeze, wiper fluid, etc. Check that everything is in working order that is crucial to the operation in your vehicle, especially in winter. You don’t want the defroster on your rear window to die on you on a chilly morning while you’re trying to rush into work!

 

Check tires

    The roads can get pretty icy and dicey in the winter, and your tires are your first point of contact. It’s important to check on your tire tread and keep up with the correct tire pressure to make sure that your drives are safe. If you live in an area where the roads aren’t cleared often or well enough, you may want to consider swapping out your current tires with winter ones. 

        

Tune in next week for tips on what to do in the event that these winter conditions cause a problem for you on the road. 

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