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How to Prepare Your Car for Severe Weather

9/11/2023 (Permalink)

Living in the Northeast means we're no strangers to severe weather. While it's crucial to prep your home, your car deserves some attention too! Stormy conditions can be tough on your vehicle, and the last thing you want is to be stuck or facing hefty repair bills. In this blog, we've got you covered with essential steps to make sure your car is ready to take on whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

  1. Tire-Check Your car's tires are the unsung heroes when it comes to handling storms, so give them some love:

    • Tire Tread: Ensure your tires have enough tread depth to grip wet or snowy roads. The magic number here is at least 2/32 inches. If you're bracing for heavy snow, consider swapping to winter tires.

    • Tire Pressure: Cold weather can make tire pressure drop. Check it regularly, and keep it at the levels recommended in your vehicle's manual or on the driver's door frame.

  2. Brake It Down Good brakes are your best friends when it's slippery out there:

    • Brake Pads: Take a peek at your brake pads' thickness. If they're looking thin, it can seriously affect your stopping distance, especially on slippery roads. Time for a replacement.

    • Brake Fluid: Make sure your brake fluid is at the right level. If it looks murky or dark, consider a flush and replacement.

  3. Battery Boost Cold weather can be a battery killer, and nobody wants a dead battery during a storm:

    • Battery Health: Get a pro mechanic to test your battery to ensure it's in top shape and holding a charge.

    • Clean Terminals: Keep those battery terminals free from corrosion and debris for a solid connection.

  4. Light Up and Wipe Away Visibility is king in stormy conditions:

    • Light Inspection: Check that all your lights—headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals—are working correctly. Swap out any burnt-out bulbs.

    • Wiper Blade Refresh: Ensure your windshield wiper blades are in tip-top shape and can clear away rain, snow, or ice effectively.

  5. Emergency Readiness Being stranded during a storm is no picnic. Be prepared:

    • Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit in your car with extra blankets and warm clothes for chilly weather. A flashlight with spare batteries is a must for low-visibility conditions.

    • Snacks and Water: Non-perishable snacks and bottled water can keep you going if you're stuck for a while.

    • First-Aid Essentials: A basic first-aid kit is handy for minor injuries.

Don't wait until the last minute to get your car ready for storms. Checking your tires, brakes, battery, lights, and wipers beforehand can help you steer clear of potential troubles and breakdowns. Plus, having an emergency kit on hand ensures you're ready for any surprises. Stay safe on the road, no matter what the weather throws at you!

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