Tips for Winter Driving

While beautiful, winter also poses plenty of driving challenges. Beat the elements by preparing your vehicle in advance and carrying supplies in case you break down.

Get your vehicle ready by ensuring your tires have the proper traction level for your climate. If you get lots of deep snow, you may want to add studs to a dedicated set of winter tires. Have your battery tested for its ability to hold a charge, and fill your windshield wiper fluid reservoir.

Add an emergency kit tailored for cold weather that includes a warm blanket, a folding shovel for digging out of deep snow, extra batteries, a cell phone charger, snacks and a flashlight. If you're planning a road trip through deserted areas, add a metal can and a pillar candle, which when lit can warm your entire car with radiant heat. It's also a good idea to carry a few bags of cat litter for the extra weight over your wheels and the added traction it will give you when scattered on slippery surfaces.

 

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