To prepare your car for winter, start with a checkup on your vehicle that includes checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts. Make sure your tires have enough air and the tread is in good shape. You should check that you have enough antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid in your reserve and that your windshield wipers are in good, working condition.

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You should also keep a few necessary items in your vehicle in the event of an emergency. This should include a shovel, ice scraper, spare tire, jumper cables, bags of salt, tool kit, first aid kit, flares, a compass, non-perishable foods and a working flashlight with extra batteries. It’s important to also keep some cold weather attire in your vehicle such as gloves, hats, scarves and also blankets.

In the event of an accident or that your vehicle becomes disabled on the road, do not leave your car. The only time you should leave your vehicle is if you are sure you know where you are and know how and where to seek necessary help. To attract attention to your vehicle, light two flares, one in front of the car and one behind the car. Also, keep one window open slightly; heavy snow and freezing temperatures can seal cars doors and windows closed.

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To avoid an accident or injury, always monitor the weather before heading out. Check local news channels, radio, newspapers and websites to better prepare for the commute ahead and make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destination. We hope that you find these tips helpful and that you enjoy the winter season, while staying safe on the road.

Source: The Weather Channel, “Winterize Your Car”

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