Useful Information

Winter Weather Checklist

Make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold winter weather ahead. 

Heating, Wipers & Lights ·

  • Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly.
  • Consider winter wiper blades and use cold-weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. 
  • Check to see that all exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed. 

Tires & Brakes

  • Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure of all tires, including the spare. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads.  
  • During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.  
  • Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item. 

Gas, Oil & Filters · 

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full throughout the cold weather to prevent moisture from forming in gas lines and possibly freezing.  
  • Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. 
  • Check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. 

System Checks – Charging, Cooling & Exhaust · 

  • Have the battery and charging system checked, as cold weather is hard on batteries. 
  • Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.  
  • Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed. 

Pack the Essentials 

  • Make sure that your ice scraper and snow brush are accessible and ready to use.  
  • Stock an emergency kit with jumper cables, a flashlight, blankets, extra clothes, bottled water, nonperishable food and a first aid kit with any needed medication.