Winter is Coming. Is Your Car Ready?

As the cold weather approaches, it is a good idea to check your vehicle’s tires and make other safety preparations are in place. Winter weather often includes snow, ice-covered roads and very cold temperatures. These conditions require proper preparations such as proper tires and engine fluid checks as well as having a winter emergency kit and other supplies in the vehicle.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter.” Proper planning for your personal vehicle or business fleet can help protect you, your family, your employees and your business.


Typically, if you are in a region where you get snow, you would either use snow tires in the winter or all-season tires. These will be your best bet for proper traction.  Proper inflation and overall tread life are critical. Tires lose 1 psi per month under normal conditions, cold weather adds to this with a fall of 1 psi for every 10 degrees drop in temperature. It is recommended to check tire pressure at least monthly. To know what your tire pressure should be, just check your vehicle information sticker (often on the driver’s side door jam) or manufacturers manual. Don’t forget to include a check on your spare tire. The tread depth should be examined and a minimum of 2/32” or more is preferred. Check the tires for other issues such as nicks, bulges, cracks and cuts or uneven wear. You may also need to ensure your wheels are balanced and aligned properly.


Winterizing your vehicle is also important this time of year. Under the hood we have a number of items to consider:

Plan Ahead

Plan now for a winter emergency. Now is the time to make sure you have what could be needed if you become stranded on the roadside. The following items are typically recommended for all vehicles:

As you transition into the winter season, please ensure your vehicle is ready and in a safe condition to protect you, your family and your business.  The tips above are meant as a guide but may not be all-inclusive.  Please consult with your local mechanic with any specific questions or concerns.

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