Preparing Your Car For Winter


A snow covered landscape can be one of the most beautiful,  picturesque sights in the Appalachian mountains. However, nothing is more dangerous than snow and ice covered roads. The best way to tackle wintery road conditions is to prepare for them. Here are a few tips to get your car ready for winter.


Having a car breakdown during a cold winter night is no fun. Especially if they problem could have been fixed if you had given your car an once-over before winter. Here a couple things you should check.

  • Check your battery and replace if you need a new one
  • Check your engine coolant and anti-freeze levels.
  • User winter windshield wiper fluid. Regular can freeze and not be effective
  • Consider using winter-grade oil at your next oil change
  • Do the penny test on your tire to check the tread, and check your tire pressure

You can do these checks yourself or bring your car to a trusted service station and have them service your car for winter.

Winter Weather Kit

Although having your car serviced before winter can help prevent breakdowns, it will not stop all accidents or breakdowns from occurring. You need to have a winter weather kit in your car in case you are you stranded. Here are a few things your kit should include.

  • Warm Blankets and warm clothes
  • A couple pairs of warm gloves
  • Cell phone charger
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter (for traction)
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Road Flares

Hopefully these tips will help get your car ready for winter!

Kathy Jencks

Personal Lines Producer