The recent winter storms, not only in our area, but parts of the South and in particular Atlanta, not only wreaked havoc on traffic, but left many motorists and vehicles stranded on highways for days. Some people were forced to stay in their cars overnight, while others abandoned their vehicles to escape the gridlock.
The harshness of the winter that the entire country is experiencing emphasizes the importance of making sure that your vehicle is prepared for cold and inclement weather.
There are two important aspects of vehicle preparedness during the winter months. Make sure that your car is winterized and make sure you have the right equipment on hand to help solve any problem that may arise.
Some important things to check when winterizing your vehicle would be your antifreeze level, brakes, heater and defroster, oil, tires, lights and windshield wipers. And make sure to keep your gas tank as full as possible to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
If you’re on the road when disaster strikes, having the right equipment and materials in your car can help to rescue yourself and others, or allow you to safely remain in your car until help arrives. These would include a first aid kit, ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, snack foods and water.
Keeping your car properly equipped and in top condition will reduce the risk of a serious winter weather related incident on the road, as well as leave you better prepared to handle any emergencies that may arise.