Winterize Your Car

Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers, and unforeseen dangers. To help you make it safely through winter, these are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you are and your vehicle are prepared.


At any temperature - 20 degrees Fahrenheit, below zero, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit above - weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the:

  • Cable weather channel
  • Daily papers
  • Internet
  • Radio
  • TV

Your Car

Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:

  • Changing and adjusting the spark plugs
  • Checking the air, fuel, and emission filters, and the PCV valve
  • Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line
  • Checking the battery
  • Checking the:
    • Brakes
    • Fan belts
    • Hoses
    • Ignition
    • Wiring
  • Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear, and tread depth
  • Inspecting the distributor

Your car should have a tune-up (check the owner’s manual for the recommended interval) to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts, and faster response on pick-up and passing power.