A cold and snowy winter isn’t new to Michigan residents, but it is challenging in numerous ways. Winter storms and freezing temperatures are dangerous, and it’s best to be prepared to stay safe.
Is your vehicle ready for winter conditions?
One way to get your vehicle ready for the cold is to get it serviced. This way, a professional can examine the battery, brakes, sparks plugs, etc. to make sure they are in good condition. It would also be beneficial to switch to winter tires for better support on the icy roads and a winter windshield wiper is heavier and prevents ice from collecting.
What items should you have in your car for winter?
CNN provided a list of items to pack in your car for the winter ranging from well-being to warmth to tools. Some of the items include the following:
Non-perishable food and bottled water
A first-aid kit and medications
Clothing items including hats, scarves, gloves, coats, socks, and boots
Blankets and sleeping bags
Flashlight, basic toolkit, and a compass
How do you safely drive in the snow?
Driving in the winter can be scary and it’s important to be cautious and aware of your surroundings on the road. MPR News provided the following tips for driving on the snowy roads:
Give yourself space: It takes longer to stop in the winter so give plenty of room between your vehicle and others.
Keep your gas tank half full: Keeping your gas tank half full in the winter prevents it from freezing in cold temperatures.
Don’t overcorrect: If you start to slide, don’t slam on the breaks and turn the wheel. Instead, ride it out.
Clean the snow off your car: Snow and ice is a dangerous driving hazard and it’s necessary to eliminate these hazards before getting on the road.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: What to keep in your car during Michigan winter