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Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter

Northern California winters can vary from year to year, but the drastic decrease in temperature from November to December can wreak more havoc on your vehicle than you realize. This is why it's crucial to have a pre-season preparation plan to prevent emergencies before they arise.

Performing Seasonal Maintenance

Performing preventative maintenance in the fall is the best way to improve the longevity of your vehicle. While this maintenance is best done by a professional, there are several things that you can check on your own before taking it into the shop. Here is your checklist:

  • Have your tires rotated or replaced if worn down, and make sure they are aired up properly, as cold weather decreases tire pressure.
  • Look under the hood for any broken, cracked, or disconnected wiring or hoses.
  • Check for battery corrosion and charge level.
  • Pay attention to any squealing or grinding when braking.
  • Check the oil and keep your gas tank at a half-full minimum throughout the season.

In addition to this maintenance, you may also find it useful to create an emergency kit.

Creating an Emergency Kit

Being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire or due to inclement weather conditions can be a scary and stressful experience if you aren't prepared. By keeping an emergency kit in the trunk and a smaller version in the back seat, you can easily handle various issues. Here are some items to include:

  • Rain gear like a poncho or umbrella
  • Small tool kit or a multipurpose tool
  • Gloves or rags
  • Jumper cables
  • Reflective triangles or vest
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, hand wipes, aspirin, etc.
  • Non-perishable snacks and water bottles
  • Blanket or thick coat

Depending on where you live, you may also want to include winter weather-specific items like a snow brush, ice scraper, and more.

Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley Can Help Keep You Safe

Keeping your family safe on the roadways this winter should always be a priority, and ensuring that your vehicle's in the best shape it can be is one of the easiest ways to reduce preventable accidents caused by maintenance issues.

If you are involved in a collision this upcoming winter with a negligent driver and sustain an injury, call (530) 413-0245 to schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley team.