What should I check on my vehicle before winter weather hits?

I moved from Florida to Montana and I've never lived in a cold climate before. I'm arriving right before the winter hits, so I want to make sure my vehicle's ready for the cold. What should I check on my car before winter starts?

“You’ll need to check a few things before winter in Montana, but the good news is that they’re not hard to do. This might include:
  • Changing the oil so your car runs smoothly
  • Replacing windshield wipers for snow and rain
  • Changing the battery if necessary or upgrading to a more reliable one
  • Making sure your radiator has antifreeze and not water in it
  • Packing an emergency kit with extra clothes, blankets, flares, and non-perishable food items
  • Adding towing and labor coverage to your car insurance policy in case you get stranded
  • Adding a roadside assistance membership through Jerry or AAA
  • Take your car into the shop for a quick once-over to ensure nothing major is wrong with it
  • Consider upgrading or switching to snow tires for more traction
If you do all of these, you should have a car that’s ready for even the harshest winter weather.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 03, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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