Check your car before you wreck your car

Check your car before you wreck your car
Cars in the colder months.

With winter just around the corner, the people in this wonderful little corner of Utah are already scrambling to prepare.

For some people that means making a list of all of the things to complain about in the winter. For other people it means buying a new pair of snow boots so they can spend time outside without freezing their feet off.

But what about winter preparation for cars?

Especially for the new drivers on the road, winter mixed with cars is an intimidating combination. Here’s what you can do to prepare your car for the winter months.

According to Mr. Erisoty, applied technology teacher, you should check the things underneath the hood first.

Make sure to check your battery and your charging system, since these are some of the most important things to keep your car running.

It’s also important to keep the levels up on the antifreeze and checking to see if there’s fresh oil in the engine to keep the car running smoothly.

Checking on your tire pressure, as well as getting a full auto tune up, are also good ideas as we move into the colder months.

Making sure the belts and hoses are all in good shape is a very wise decision, and testing all of the exterior lights is essential, considering it’s already starting to get dark by the time students start to drive home from school.

Along with checking all of the basic maintenance on your cars, it might be smart to keep a “winter survival kit” of sorts in the back, just in case you get caught in a snowstorm or stranded on the side of the road.

One thing to include in your kit is extra clothes like hats, gloves, and extra layers in case the car breaks down.

Following this bit of advice, Erisoty adds, “If your feet are cold, put a hat on.”

Keeping a set of jumper cables, a small tool kit, a flashlight with some extra batteries, a hand radio, and chains for your tires in your car are wise decisions as well.

“Lots of people think that chains weigh your car down. They really don’t,” Erisoty adds.

A spare tire couldn’t hurt either.

Make sure you know how to use the tools in your car.

Some extra things that aren’t essential but could come in handy are snacks like granola bars or fruit snacks, a signal mirror to get the attention of other drivers, extra money, charcoal hand and feet warmers, and maybe some water.

Remember to stay safe going into the winter months, don’t text and drive, buckle up, and make sure that a family member knows where you are going.

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