Winter Weather Car Check-up


Winter weather is upon us!  Here in Portland, Oregon we've got frosty conditions and a nearby mountain full of snow for fun winter sports.  A few winters ago, some friends and I made the mistake of driving to the mountain without a set a jumper cables.  After a full day of snowboarding, it was devastating to find we had left the lights on the car mistakenly and in sub-30 degree temperatures our car wouldn't start.  After a half hour of panic, a Good Samaritan stopped by to give us a jump.  Now I always travel with jumper cables, extra blankets and some food and water in my car.

A little preparation means you won't have to repeat my mistake: make sure your car is ready for emergencies with the Ready Set Go Kits handy winter weather car check-up.

Vehicle Checklist:
  • If you need a service, get one now before you find yourself stranded on a snowy mountain pass.
  • Are your heater and defroster working properly?
  • Is your battery fully charged?  Check battery age and make certain the connecting cables are not loose or corroded.
  • Test all lights, replace if needed.
  • Keep wipers clean and in good condition.
  • Use antifreeze that is good to -25 degrees.
  • Check your tires, do they still have good traction and are they properly inflated?  Check your spare tire as well.
  • Carry chains or use traction tires.
  • Keep an auto emergency kit in your vehicle.
Oregon Department of Transportation recommends you stock your car with:
  • Rechargeable flashlight
  • Extra food and water
  • Flares
  • Tools: jack, lug wrench, shovel
  • Blanket/sleeping bag(s)
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Matches or lighter
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Paper towels
  • Extra washer fluid
  • Chains or traction tires
  • Extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves
  • Cell phone and car adapter
  • Road maps
  • A full fuel tank

 ** Don't have these items?  Get started with the Ready Set Go Kits Road Warrior Auto Kit.

Safe and happy winter travels from Ready Set Go Kits!

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