Living in and around Raleigh is great. We get all four seasons and usually a light winter. However, we all remember Raleigh’s Snowmageddon. Traffic and accidents were everywhere. People stranded for hours without a way to get out. You were lucky if it one way or another did not affect you. This winter we want you to be prepared no matter what happens. Therefore, if you are stuck in another Snowmageddon situation you will be prepared.
First things first, when it starts getting cold you need to do some basic vehicle repairs and maintenance. This includes an oil change and checking your battery, belts, hoses, and fluids. Additionally you should have a complete inspection of your tires, alignment, and braking system. Check your windshield wiper blades and make sure you have a good ice scraper. If you have four-wheel drive make sure, your system is working correctly. Adjust your antifreeze mixture; a 60/40 ratio of coolant to water will ensure it does not freeze up. Doing these, few basic things will help you avoid unexpected breakdowns in bad winter conditions. Additionally, when your car is in good working order you are better prepared to handle the cold weather.
Next thing you will need is a car emergency kit. This will not only include basic tools such as flairs, jumper cables, and car jack but also items to help you if you are stranded. Below I have put together a checklist to help you.
Being prepared is the key. It is always better to be over prepared than not at all. Another thing to remember when driving in snowy or icy conditions is to drive slow and deliberate. Making sudden changes in your direction or stopping abruptly can cause you to slide or ever worse cause a collision. If you follow these basic suggestions, you should be well prepared to handle this Raleigh winter weather. Be safe out there and stop by the shop if you need help getting winter ready!