- Have your Battery Checked-Cold engines have more trouble turning over in the winter.Typically, a battery loses 33% of its power when it is below freezing.So, if a battery is already displaying signs of not wanting to start, the chances are you will end up with “dead” battery when the temperatures plummet.
- Jumper Cables- It is a good practice to carry jumper cables. Even if your battery is in great shape, you never know when you will need to assist a fellow driver.
- Blankets and Water- It is a good practice to carry a warm blanket and water bottles, as time and unforeseen events may leave you stranded and waiting for help.
- Ice Scrapper- An ice scrapper is a necessity in Colorado. Weather can change quickly and let’s face it, it’s just too cold to remove snow with your hands. Make sure the scraper is in good condition, as a broken or cracked scrapper can leave ugly scratches on your windshield.
- Change your wiper blades -Snow, sleet, road sand and salt are much harder on wiper blades than rain. For the best visibility, you want to replace blades that are torn or streaking.Replacing wiper blades is an easy DIY project.
- Windshield Fluid- Use windshield fluid rated for freezing temperatures. Make sure washer fluid is rated for freezing temperatures (often called “deicer”).Since water or summer-type (“bug remover”) washer fluid freezes at 32 degrees, spraying it onto a cold windshield will result in a coat of ice.
- Make sure your lights are working- With shorter days, you want to make sure all your exterior lights are working.
- Ice-melt/ Sand/ Kitty litter- If you headed into rural areas that don’t get a lot of traffic or to the mountains. It’s a good idea to bring ice-melt, sand or even kitty litter, as these are used to help move a car that is stuck on ice. Often snow melts during the day and refreezes at night.
By All About Home 2-26-2018