We are 11 days into the Winter season and while it is an unusually warm 70 degrees in central North Carolina, colder days are ahead of us! To ensure your vehicle is ready for the changing temperatures, below are a few strategies to follow:

 

Emergency Kit

Create an emergency kit and store it in your trunk. A few suggested items are a flashlight (make sure the batteries are charged and working), road flares, a bag of sand (for traction), blanket, extra pair of gloves and an ice scraper. 

If you are planning a road trip, it's always a good idea to have an extra charging cable for your phone, bottled water and high-energy snacks like nuts and beef jerky. 

 

Check your Anti-Freeze levels

This chemical ensures that your engine coolant doesn't freeze and you aren't stranded. If you are unsure of how to check this, your mechanic can do it for you.

 

Tire Pressure and Tread Depth

Both the tire pressure and the tread depth are important to keeping you safe and on the road! Check your owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressures. Some vehicles even have it printed on the inside of the fuel door, genius!

To check your tread depth, you can use the Penny Test. Insert a penny with the top of Lincoln's head pointed down. If you can see his head, then you need to have a professional check your tires to determine if new ones are needed.

 

Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid

Like Anti-freeze, this product will keep the windshield wiper fluid from freezing. Did you even know there was such a thing? 

 

If in doubt, ask your mechanic for help. Making sure your vehicle in good working order is critical to keeping you and your family safe and #DrivingHappy! Here's to a safe and prosperous New Year!