Is Your Car Prepared for Winter?

Here are some safety tips to consider before you decide to drive during extremely cold weather:

Before extreme cold weather hits you should winterize your vehicle by checking or have a mechanic check the following:

  •  Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Brakes – check the pads for wear and that the fluid level is correct.
  • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will help keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Wiper Blades – as a rule of thumb you should change your wiper blades every six months. And, top off your wiper fluid at least once a week.
  •  Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.

In addition…

1. When you travel by vehicle in severely cold weather dress appropriately.
3. When traffic lights are not working at an intersection treat it as a four way stop and yield to the right of way.
4. If you are stuck in your vehicle during extremely cold weather remember there is a potential for carbon monoxide poisoning if you run your engine to stay warm – make sure you have good ventilation.
5. Have a certified mechanic check your vehicle fluids and mechanical functions before sever weather hits.

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