Lifestyles Center Blog

SURVIVOR SERIES: WINTER-PROOF YOUR CAR

Happy Thanksgiving, Oz! We hope everyone has made it home safely for the holiday and is enjoying a lovely meal with family and friends. We’re feeling especially thankful that there is at least one day out of the year that calories don’t count (Really, they don’t!)

Holidays are great for enjoying festivities, but with winter bringing feet of snow, it’s important to stay safe when travelling home. Good thing for us, winterizing the car is pretty simple:

  1. Emergency Kit – always keep a spare tire, tools for a flat, and bottles of engine oil, washer fluid and coolant.
  1. Extras – an ice scraper, gloves, a flashlight, a blanket, water and non-perishable food items are really nice things to have around if your car stalls.
  1. Regular Checkups – for your car! Cold weather is tough on a car, so checking out the belts under the hood and the windshield wipers is a good idea. A mechanic will be able to tell you if something needs replacing.
  1. Full Tank – once that tank hits halfway, consider getting a refill. Getting stranded doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun and also, full tanks can help prevent gas lines from freezing.

Want more information? Check out http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/accidents-hazardous-conditions/car-winterizing-tips.htm#page=0

Stay safe and warm, everyone!

 

Katy Osborn, Peer Educator