Oct 022018
 

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Ready or not, winter is just around the corner. And before you’re stranded in the cold with a car that can’t handle it, it’s a good idea to take the milder autumn weather to perform some routine maintenance in order to get your car ready for winter. Not sure where to start? The following are some of the must-check boxes on your winter maintenance to-do list.

Tires

Especially in cold and potentially icy conditions, the health of your car’s tires is extremely important when it comes to overall vehicle safety. Make a habit of regularly checking your vehicle’s tire pressure as well as monitoring tread and alignment for potential problems. If something seems off, get in front of it before it becomes a major issue.

Battery

Cold weather puts additional strain on any car battery, which means a failing car battery can quickly become a dead car battery as winter rolls in. Make sure you check your car’s battery to ensure it is holding an adequate charge before winter officially arrives.

Oil

Routinely changing your car’s oil is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to keep your car in great shape year after year. Consider switching to a special winter-grade motor oil with a viscosity that allows for optimal performance in freezing temperatures and ensure that your vehicle is up to the task all winter long.

If you need any maintenance or services done before winter rolls in, don’t delay: Stop into Hurlbert Toyota and make the most of the milder season.

Jan 092017
 

winter survival kit - scraper

Living in New Hampshire, we all know that winter is a harsh and unforgiving time of year. Winter storms can arrive at any time and if you’re not prepared, you can be left cold and stranded on the side of the road. That is why having a winter survival kit in your car is an important part of living in New Hampshire.

To get you started, here is a list of some key materials you need to have in your kit.

  • Small snow shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Spare cell phone and charged battery
  • Warm blanket
  • Extra winter gear (hats, gloves, socks, etc.)
  • First aid kit with needed medications
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • High energy snacks like dried fruit, jerky, and energy bars
  • Water and/or Gatorade
  • Flashlight and extra batteries

If you do happen to find yourself stuck in your car during a storm, the most important thing to remember is to not leave your car. Assess your situation to see if you think you can get yourself back on the road. However, do not over exert yourself trying to dig through the snow as this can make you sweaty and wet clothes won’t help you keep warm. The best thing you can do is to call for help and do what you need to do to stay warm and alive.

Do you have any other things in your winter survival kit that we missed? Let us know by leaving a comment below!