The winter months are here, and we all know Kansas weather can be unpredictable. Be sure to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance and keep a few supplies handy to prepare for winter driving.
It’s always important to make sure that your vehicle’s maintenance is up-to-date. Small problems can lead to bigger problems, and the last thing you’d want is to be stranded in the cold, winter weather. Remember to check the following:
Battery — It’s more difficult for batteries to operate in cool weather, so be sure yours is working well. If you notice your engine is sluggish when starting, the check engine light is on, there’s corrosion around the cable connections, or the battery is at least three years old, you may need service.
Coolant — Coolant, or antifreeze, keeps your engine from freezing in cold temperatures, so it’s important to make sure it doesn’t get too low. Check your coolant reservoir and see that it reaches the “full” line. Also, be sure to check your owner’s manual to find out the proper coolant type for your vehicle.
Tires — Tire pressure can drop along with air temperature, so regularly check that yours are appropriately filled. Also, check your tire tread to make sure you’ll have good traction on cold pavement and snowy or icy roads.
In addition, keep a survival kit in case of an emergency. We recommend an ice scraper, extra gloves, blankets, flares, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight, jumper cables, cell phone, cell phone charger, snacks and water.