Winter Road Trip Checklist
It is just as important to maintain your vehicle during the winter as it is to prepare your vehicle before the winter. In any case, following the tips below will help your vehicle preform at its best even during cold, snowy weather.
Test the defrosters
The winter brings snow and ice, so testing your vehicles defrosters are crucial. Snow, as well as ice, can build up on your vehicles mirrors and windows. This drastically reduces visibility.
Check tire thread
It is also important to ensure that the thread on your tires is deep enough. Remember, the tread on your tires should be 1/6 of an inch or greater. Anything less that 1/6 of an inch increases the chances that your vehicle may hydroplane on wet roads.
Stock up on essentials
Creating an emergency kit full of essential items is another way to prepare your vehicle for the winter. Your kit should include a windshield scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight and spare batteries, a small shovel, nonperishable foods, water bottles, spare blankets, and extra gloves and hats.
Fill windshield wiper fluid
It is always necessary to maintain a decent amount of windshield wiper fluid in your vehicles reservoir, but it is even more important during the winter. In the cold months, you should make sure to switch over to “no-freeze” windshield wiper fluid to ensure their performance.