Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

As one of the northernmost states in the US and surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes, Michigan gets some seriously bad winters. Here are some tips for getting your car ready for winter so you can keep your car on the road in any conditions.

First of all, make sure your car is running at its best. Check the fluids and make sure your antifreeze is at the right level. If you haven’t had your oil changed in a while, now is a great time to get that done, since you’ll want fresh oil to keep your engine running well in the cold weather. Get your brakes checked for thin brake pads, leaks in the lines, and so on.

It’s a good idea to get your battery tested—cold is harsh on batteries, so if it’s already having problems it may not last through the season. Check your tires for worn tread, cracks, bulges, and leaks. If your tire pressure is low, it reduces traction, which is less safe for you and uses more fuel. If your tread is low, you may want to get new tires. Otherwise, check the pressure regularly and add air when necessary—cold weather reduces tire pressure.

Put together an emergency kit with warm clothes, blankets, flares, flashlights, nonperishable snacks and water, basic tools, and anything else you might need to get help and stay warm if you do break down.