Preparing for winter driving starts in the fall, prior to inclement weather. Routine maintenance, i.e. oil changes, checking anti-freeze, window washer fluid and transmission fluid will help minimize your costs and allow for a smooth transition between seasons; this is true for all four seasons we experience in Pennsylvania.
- Check your tires; make sure they are properly inflated. Tire depth and tread wear can be checked by any local garage for free. Anything below 2/32 will not pass inspection.
- Check to make sure your battery is fully charged (this can also be checked at any auto center for free.)
- Windows should be clean and dashboard should be free of any objects.
- Windshield wipers should be able to clean the window without leaving streaks.
- Headlights, horn, brake lights should all be working.
- Gas tank should be full or at least one half of a tank is recommended.
- Cell phone is fully charged.
Pack a bag with a blanket, gloves, hat and any needed medical medications, food, water and a brightly colored cloth to hang outside your vehicle in case of an emergency if you plan to go more than 100 miles.