Winterizing Your Vehicle

The crisp days of November have made it and we’ve already seen a bit of snow driving through the Front Range. We’re well on our way to a cold winter, if the patterns we’ve seen hold. Colorado residents are used to seeing snow, but there are hazards we should remember as the season approaches each year.

 

1. Do you have an emergency kit in the trunk?

We all love to take off for the mountains every weekend:  you can hit the slopes, explore the landscape on some snowshoes, wor whatever it may be that gets you out there, the last thing you want is to be caught in the mountains with car trouble or an accident. Make sure your emergency kit includes:

  • water
  • flashlights
  • flares
  • back up batteries for your vehicles and a power source for your phone or GPS
  • preservable food  supply
  • blankets
  • heat sources: hand warmers, fire starter, etc.
  • shovel

Having a kit in your car will keep you safe should you run into the unforeseeable.

 

2. Sand Bags

If you’ve got a lightweight vehicle adding sandbags can give you some traction on those slick roads; not to mention, give you the footing you need to get out of a slippery spot.

 

3. Check your car battery life. 

Your car battery may be up for a replacement. Get it tested and know just how much longer it will last. Cold mornings are hard on the battery and starter. If you tend not to drive too much, start your vehicle every few days and let it run so the battery has time to charge.

 

Get your vehicle tested now and avoid having to deal with it  in five feet of snow. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with vehicle fixes and do it in -2 degrees. If you’ve got fleet vehicles in Fort Collins, now’s the time to get your staff ready to go. Give them a checklist and make sure every vehicle is  inspected. Oh, and throw a scraper in the back seat, you’re going to need it from here out.

 

 

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