Emergency Preparedness: Winterize your Car

How to Winterize your Car

Many of us know to buy a bag of rock salt or ice melt, sand,etc for sidewalks during winter weather, but now is the perfect time to gather a few items to store in your vehicle during winter, just in case you find yourself in a bad situation.

 You'll have so much peace of mind by having this done.

You can even make a family activity of it by making the list into a scavenger hunt for the family around the house or at a local store if you need to purchase items.

 www.ready.gov has two lists for winterizing your car. The first is a list of manintenance items you should do before winter, and the second is a list of items to update or start your emergency kit stored in your car.

List one: Winter Vehicle Maintenance: Antifreeze levels Battery and ignitions system: Make sure in top condition and clean battery terminlas
Brakes: check for wear and fluid levels
 Fuel and Air filters: Replace.
 Maintain a full tank of gas: This will keep the fuel line from freezing.
Heater/defroster: Make sure work properly
 Lights/hazard flashing lights: Make sure work properly
Oil: check level&proper weight/Heavier oils congeal more at low temps. and do not lubrica well. Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
 Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
 Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread.

 List Two: Update your Car's Emergency Kit:
 a shovel
 windshield scraper and small broom
 battery powered radio
extra batteries
extra hats, socks and mittens
 first aid kit with pocket knife
 necessary medications blanket(s)
 tow chain or rope road
salt and sand
 booster cables
emergency flares
 fluorescent distress flag


  1. Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the barn hop.

    You know, I've thought of doing this, but never got around to it, so this list is very helpful. Thanks!

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  2. Great idea! I have started switching my "summer" kit to my "winter" kit. We also include small, thick blankets. They come in handy as the van is warming up and if anything should strand us. With 3 kids and I going lots of places, we gotta be ready! Stopping by from the Homestead Barn Hop for the first time!

    1. I love the small blankets for waiting on the car to warm up! Great suggestion, and very necessary!

  3. Awesome lists! One useful tip that I always tell my friends is to keep your fuel tank full during winter times. It may sound impractical, especially if you’re not going to use your car, but it helps in keeping your gas tank and fuel lines free from blockage. An empty gas tank can cause condensation. When this happens, water may find its way into the fuel lines, consequently blocking gas flow to the engine.

    Nelson Heimer

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, I am learning how to properly handle/store my new generator too, you've got great suggestions and I thank you for sharing them!


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