Is Your Vehicle Ready for a Winter Snowstorm?

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for a Winter Snowstorm?

Big Truck driving in th Snow

While we always advise being ready at all times of the year, it’s especially important to prepare your vehicle during the harsh winter months. Winter weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle, so before the weather turns bad you need to make sure your car or truck can deal with the situation.

Things to think about before your next drive:

  • Always keep your gas tank at least half full. I try to never let it drop below ¾ of a tank. The last thing you want is to get stuck in a snowstorm without enough gas to at least heat your vehicle during an emergency.
  • Make sure you have a basic emergency kit for your car
  • Have enough food and water for at least 24 hours per person.
  • Make sure you have ways to stay warm in a stalled vehicle.
  • Keep up on your vehicle maintenance – Check your oil, fluids, air pressure and your spare.
  • In the winter you want to aid winter supplies to your kit. (Hand warmers, de-icer, wind shield scrapers, snow chains, etc….)
  • Make sure you have a cell phone charger for your vehicle
  • Bug Out Bag – On top of your emergency vehicle kit, you may want to think about having a dedicated BOB for your vehicle.
  • Tools – Every vehicle should have a small toolkit, a couple spare hose clamps, some Fix a Flat and even some spare belts and fuses.
  • Have your battery tested at least once a year before the cold weather starts to set in.

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  1. Ken Acord says:

    Thanks to everyone for the great articles and comments. I particularly like the “Tips” from various sites. Frequently they are from real thinkers that give insite into things I have just not thought of.
    A tip I would like to pass on is powering your battery operated devices that use AA batteries. I had self charging yard lights that use AA batteries. When I purchased them, each light had rechargable batteries installed. They needed to be charged for a couple of days during daylight hours and they were ready to go. I have since put aside several of these lights to use only to charge my AA batteries – and choose most of my field gear that use AA as a power source. Be ready and my
    God Bless you and yours!

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