Growing up in the Midwest, you get used to the cold weather. When the snow starts to fall here in Michigan, it’s time to make sure our vehicles are ready for winter. It’s time to winterize the vehicles for the weather. It’s also important to pack an emergency pack in case you do get stuck. Check out these winterize tips.
As a mom, I like to be prepared. Honestly, I have ran out of gas. Twice. My kids don’t let me forget this (it was not during the winter). I try to be more prepared in winter (honestly). My kids really like the blankets when it’s cold out, so they can quickly get warm when getting in the vehicle. Snacks also keep grouchy kids happy, just remember to replenish what they eat.
Winterize tips – things to check on your vehicle
battery in good order – does your vehicle turn over easy, how old is your battery?
fluids – check your fluids and keep your washer fluid filled. Do you have brake fluid so you can stop. Check your oil and ensure it is full and check the smell. Do you need to have it changed, how dark is it (dark= needs to be changed or soon)
gas tank fuel – keep the tank as close to full as you can, so you are not stranded without gas.
snow & ice scraper – do you have a scraper to remove snow and ice
tailpipe not covered by snow
tire pressure lower temps decrease the pressure
tire tread – do you have any. Put a penny in the tread and can see Lincoln’s head, you don’t have a lot of tread on your tires.clearing lights from snow and ice.
wipers – are your wipers clearing your windows well. If not, you should replace them. Make sure wipers are free from window and not froze down. free to move
Winterize tips – things to have in your vehicle
You will want to find a good basket, tote that won’t take up a lot of space. I use a tote from Thirty-One Gifts as my Winterizing bag.
- compact shovel
- hat, boots
- jumper cables
- kitty litter or bag of sand (for traction if you slide off)
- protein snack
- toe strap (for trucks to pull people out)