Getting your car ready for winter weather

Keep your gas tank full to avoid getting ice in it.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Winter is just about a month and a half away but before the snow starts to fall it’s a good idea to winterize your car. 

“I just had it in the shop last week so getting it checked over because I travel a lot in my job so yes I did take it in and get the once over,” said Bill Sharp of Leeds.

Check your battery and your anti-freeze levels. Also check the treads on your tires. Keep your gas tank full to avoid getting ice in it or in your fuel lines. 

Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know when you plan on traveling and what route you plan on taking. Some people try to avoid driving in winter all together.

“In winter time I try to drive as little as I possibly can so that might involve finding a nice parking spot to leave my car in for the winter months. It’s actually not a bad time to bike the winter time it’s safer than a lot of people might think as long as you use a fair amount of precaution,” said Daniel Pastan of Northampton.

If you do plan to drive you should carry a winter storm survival kit in your car.

Have a cell phone with batteries and a charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, ice melt or sand to help you get traction, carry jumper cables in case your battery dies as well as de-icer. A tow rope may come into use if you get stuck.

winter storm survival kit

  • Mobile phone with charger and batteries.
  • Blankets and sleeping bags.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • First-aid kit.
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food.
  • Extra clothing to keep dry.
  • Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper towels for sanitary
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water.
  • Sack of sand/ice melt or cat litter for traction.
  • Windshield scraper and brush.
  • Tool kit.
  • Tow rope.
  • Battery jumper cables.
  • Water container.
  • Compass and road maps.
  • De-icer.


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