Winter Car Fitness, Safety Tips & More!

January 7th, 2015 by

Winter Car Fitness

  • Winter, Your Car and You

    Start with a checkup that includes:

    • Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts
    • Changing and adjusting the spark plugs
    • Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve
    • Inspecting the distributor
    • Checking the battery
    • Checking the tires for air, sidewalls wear and tread depth
    • Checking antifreeze level and the freeze line
  • Your car should have a tune-up to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts and faster response on pick-up and passing power.

  • Necessary Equipment

    An emergency on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared. Your car should have:

    • A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
    • A shovel
    • Jumper cables
    • Tow and tire chains
    • A bag of salt or cat litter
    • Tool kit
  • Essential Supplies

    Be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car

    Essential supplies include:

    • Working flashlight and extra batteries
    • Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
    • Compass
    • First aid kit
    • Exterior windshield cleaner
    • Ice scraper and snow brush
    • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
    • Scissors and string/cord
    • Non-perishable, high energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy
    • A blanket, preferably wool
    • Drinking water (bring with you when you drive so that it does not freeze in between trips)
  • What Happens If You Become Stranded

    • Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation
    • If you are sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank
    • To protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia use woolen items and blankets to keep warm
    • Keep at least one window open slightly Heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.
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