Another winter storm is on the way! Is your car ready for MA winter weather? Here are some things you can do to get it ready…
Get Your Equipment Ready
Driving in MA during the winter means you need some essential supplies on hand. Keep a snow brush in your vehicle (either in the passenger or back seat rather than your trunk). Also, always have water proof gloves and a hat with you. If you don’t normally suitable footwear as part of your daily or work attire, keep some snow boots on hand as well. If you’re caught in a storm, you’ll be so glad that you have warm clothing/footwear and a way to clear off your car.
Fluids are so important for winter temperatures and driving conditions. Make sure your car has enough coolant. This will prevent things from freezing in the cold. Also, fill up your windshield washer fluid. Driving in winter means using your washer fluid a lot more than usual. Keep extra fluid on hand for emergencies.
Fill Your Gas Tank
You probably remember the stories from 2 years ago about drivers being stranded on the highway, not because their vehicle was stuck but because they ran out of gas while being stuck on traffic. Don’t let this be you! Keep your gas tank full in case you unexpectedly get stuck in a traffic jam during a winter storm.
Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Trunk
Running out of gas is not the only danger during winter. Your car may get stuck or break down. Be prepared by keeping an emergency kit in your trunk. Your kit can include:
- Kitty litter to help get your car un-stuck in the snow.
- A blanket to keep your warm while waiting for help.
- Hand warmers for extended wait times.
- Flares to signal for help if you’re in a remote area.
- A flashlight for night-time emergencies.
- Non-perishable snacks and water.
More on Getting Your Car Ready for MA Winter Weather
Getting stranded or stuck is a little more dangerous during the winter months simply because of the cold. Take the time to prepare your car for MA winter weather to reduce the potential for breakdowns and other problems. Your car should also contain critical supplies to keep you warm and safe in an emergency. We hope the tips above help you stay safe this winter!