Vehicle Winter Preps
The little taste of winter weather we have already received this fall acts as good reminder to make sure your car is ready for the cold days and even colder nights. Missouri roads in winter can get dangerous fast. It's important to be prepared in case you get stuck on the road in the cold weather. There are many simple tips and tricks to make sure you are ready for the cold months to come.
- Consider your tires. Make sure to check the tread, keep your tires full and consider even getting new tires.
- Change your oil regularly and add antifreeze.
- Make sure your heater is working properly as it may not matter for those short drives but being prepared means to prepare for the worst, for example being stuck and stranded until help arrives.
- Inspect your battery as vehicle batteries become less effective during colder weather.
For longer trips or even back and forth to work, you need to keep some travel considerations in mind.
- Always account for extra travel time.
- Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle, especially windows.
- Drive slower than normal as there is a possibility of black ice when the weather gets bad.
- Do not use cruise control when driving in bad weather conditions.
If you become stranded in your vehicle, these are some necessities to keep in your trunk.
- Heavy coats, hats, gloves
- Rock salt or kitty litter as this will help you get unstuck
- First aid kit
- Jumper cables
- Cell phone charger
- Non-perishable foods like granola bars, peanut butter and canned food with a pop tab opener.
With more snowy winter weather coming our way in the coming months, the best thing you can do is be as prepared as much as possible.
Content provided by Hanna Kennedy, city of St. Joseph Emergency Manager Intern