Making sure your car is winter ready

Posted at 4:25 AM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 09:25:42-04

COLORADO – With a significant snowfall just around the corner, we’re watching out for you with some ways you can make sure your car is ready for the snow!

Tires are one of the most important things! Most of us know about the penny test, to check for tire tread depth, uneven wearing and cupping and here’s something you may not know! A “quarter test” is just as effective for Colorado winters.

During freezing temperatures, it’s especially important to take an extra look at your car’s hoses. Make sure they’re not swollen or feel “gummy”.

One of the worst winter problems is a dead battery. Experts recommend taking your car to a local mechanic to get the battery checked to make sure it’s strong enough to withstand cold weather.

Besides, always make sure you have washer fluid and replace any worn windshield blades. Make sure your coolant level is at the manufacturer recommendation.

Everyone should carry a Survival Kit in their car year round, but in Colorado, you need to tailor that for winter driving.

  • a shovel (There are small foldable shovels)
  • windshield scraper
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter