The Iowa winter is coming, and you need to be ready for the snow, ice, and potentially hazardous driving conditions. We at McGrath Auto would like to share a few simple practices that you can implement before Jack Frost arrives.
Things to Check Before Winter:
- Tire Pressure – While it never hurts to install new winter tires, you’ll definitely want to check the tire pressure and traction on your existing tires. Another thing to note about your tire pressure is to check it periodically throughout winter. It’s common for tires to lose pressure as the temperatures fall.
- Winter Tires – With snow and ice coming, you don’t want to be driving around on bald rubber. If your tires are worn down, consider replacing them with winter tires to gain better traction through the show. If you’re not quite sure whether you’re ready to switch to winter tires, take a look at Reasons to Invest in Winter Tires. In that article we explain reasons why people switch to winter tires.
- Wipers and windshield fluid – If you haven’t changed your wipers in a while, you will certainly benefit this winter from a fresh pair. While you’re at it, check your wiper fluid level and consider a deicer windshield fluid.
- Four-wheel drive system – Chances are high you haven’t needed your four-wheel drive system in a while, so give it a try. Is it transferring smoothly? Is it activating properly? You’ll be glad you discovered any malfunctions before you’re in a foot of snow.
- Battery – Subzero temperatures can wreak havoc on a battery, so if you haven’t replaced it in a few years, you may want to consider having a professional take a look and see if a new battery is needed.
Emergency Car Kit for Winter
Don’t overlook the importance of a well-stocked winter emergency kit. If you get stuck, either due to a dead battery, a mechanical issue, or a slide into the ditch, you’ll be glad you packed these simple items:
- First-Aid kit
- Spare batteries
- Portable charger
- Windshield washer fluid
- Snow Brush
- Ice Scraper
- Food & Water
- Kitty Litter / Sand
- Jumper cables
- Winter boots and gloves
- Hand warmers
- Ice Melt
Now I get fourteen items can seem like a lot to have stored in your car. If you’re looking to reduce the number of items, we have a list of the top 10 things to have in your car for winter driving. We explain why it’s important to have these 10 items and how you can use them if you’re stuck in an unfortunate situation. You may also want to consider keeping a canister of deicer in your home and at work, in case ice keeps you from being able to open your doors.
Let us help make sure your vehicle is prepared and safe to face the nasty conditions winter brings. Check out our current specials available from the McGrath Service Department! If you’re looking to upgrade to a winter vehicle, check out our inventory of trucks, SUVs, and other 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles for sale that can get you through winter.