How do I winterize my car for Alaska?

My family is planning a move to Alaska from California and I’m worried about how our cars will handle such extreme cold weather. How can we winterize our cars for our move to Alaska?

Answer
Winterizing your cars for harsh Alaskan winters will be very important and surprisingly easy. Here’s what you need to do:
  • Test your car battery with a handheld tester. This will tell you the voltage of your battery and if it is weak or unstable.
  • If it hasn’t been done in a while, a safe bet would be to replace your car battery.
  • Keep your battery terminals clean. Use a small amount of water and baking soda to clean any corrosion off of your battery terminals.
  • Use silicone spray or rubber care such as Gummi Pledge to lubricate window weather stripping. This will keep it from freezing or breaking down in the harsh cold.
  • Lubricate door locks, latches, and hinges to keep them from freezing and becoming inoperable.
  • Check the tread depth on your tires and if necessary install snow chains or switch to winter tires.
  • Check your tire pressure.
Going from driving in sunny California to snowy Alaska is certainly going to take some adjustments. While you’re becoming accustomed to your new environment, make sure that you and your cars are properly insured for the best price with the Jerry app.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Dec 22, 2021
Chloe has a BA in Communication and Media Arts from Montclair State University and more than four years of experience in content writing, editing, and research. Before getting behind the keyboard at Jerry, Chloe was an Assistant Coordinator at her university and a film enthusiast working for the Montclair Film Festival. When she's not writing about car insurance, she spends her time with her pets, playing video games, or enjoying long weekend hikes.
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