Tips to Prepare your Car for Dallas Winter Weather Driving
It’s beginning to look like winter is coming to North Texas so it’s time to prepare your car for the cold weather and dangerous road conditions that are sure to come.
Preparing your Car for Winter
Prepping your car for winter weather helps reduce the risk of your car breaking down and unnecessary costs for auto body repairs. However, most importantly, it can help keep you safer when driving in ice and snow. Follow these tips to prepare your car for winter.
- Check your tires air pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
- Winter car check-up — be sure to get your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster, and wipers checked.
- Keep your gas tank full — don’t let it fall below half a tank on winter trips to avoid a gas line freeze up.
- Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages.
Winter Emergency Kit
Breaking down on the road in the winter can be a scary situation. Make sure you’re prepared by stocking your car with essential items to help you if you happen to get stranded. While we recommend you always keep things like a tire gauge, jumper cables and a spare tire, jack and lug wrench in your car, here are some items you should keep in your winter emergency kit:
- Road flares
- First-aid kit
- A radio
- A cellphone and charger
- Bag of sand or cat litter (for traction)
- Extra ice scraper
- Bottled water
- High-energy/protein snacks (like nuts or jerky)
Tip: Keep large plastic containers in your garage through the spring, summer, and fall. Keep the containers stocked with these items and put them in your cars during the winter months after checking them over at the start of the season.
A relatively small amount of time and money can have your car completely ready for the winter ahead. Remember that these easy steps can help prevent costly, inconvenient, and potentially dangerous situations on the road.Categories: Safety, Tips