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Car Tips for Winter Driving Cold Weather Safety

It’s peak season for skiing, and for some that means heading out for a trip on wintery roads. Do you know how to prepare for winter driving? Don’t let your vacation be ruined by car problems, instead use these tips for winter driving safety.

I’ve written this post as part of a sponsored conversation on behalf of International Carwash Association: WaterSavers. The opinions and text are all mine.

We’re going to look at six simple tips that will get your car ready for cold weather and snowy roads. Plus we’re giving away a winter prize pack to one lucky reader (giveaway below).

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6 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR CAR FOR WINTER DRIVING

  • Add Antifreeze

    • If you’re like me and you live in a moderate climate, you might not even be thinking about antifreeze. It’s an important fluid that helps keep your car mechanics running when temperatures drop, especially in freezing conditions.
  • Check Tire Pressure

    • When temperatures get really cold the air inside of your tires can contract which makes your tire pressure drop. Before heading out on your trip, or before returning home from a wintery spot, be sure to check your tire pressure.

Check Tire Pressure for Winter Driving Safety

  • Change Oil

    • If you learned about viscosity at all in school, here’s a bit of a refresher on that lesson. Colder temperatures can cause liquids to thicken, including oil. Change your oil before winter driving so that you’re driving with the correct formula and your car can keep running optimally.
  • Wash and Wax

    • If you’re driving on winter roads, you’ll probably be driving in a lot of ice, salt, sand, and slush. A fresh coat of wax can help protect your car from these damaging elements. And a wash that includes cleaning the underbelly of the car can help protect against rusting, which helps maintain the overall value of your car.
      • TIP: look for a WaterSavers® Car Wash! These car washes have made an environmental commitment to be mindful of their water use and disposal. These car washes typically only use 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash — that’s less than the water used for a load of laundry!!
    • A car wash can also do wonders for cleaning off windshields, mirrors, and lights. You want these clean and fully operational for the best driving vision.

Find a WaterSavers car wash to protect your car from harsh road elements.

  • Replace Wipers

    • Driving in snow and slush can throw a lot of grime on your windshield, so new wipers are needed for safe driving vision. If you’re also faced with driving during snow, rain, or sleet conditions, you want new wipers to help keep the windshield clear in bad weather conditions. I’ll also mention that you should add de-icing windshield washing fluid for the drive.

Tips for winter driving includes installing new windshield wipers

  • Pack an Emergency Kit

    • If something bad does happen with your car during cold weather conditions, you need to be prepared. Packing a travel emergency kit will help you be prepared for emergency situations. Your kit should include essential items like gloves, ice scraper, shovel, salt/sand/kitty litter, warm clothing & blanket, jumper cables, emergency signals (flares/road flags), and a first-aid kit.
    • You should also have water and food provisions packed.

Taking a bit of time to prep for your winter travel can go a long way towards helping keep your whole family safe on the trip. Better to over-prepare and not need it than to need it and wish you would have taken the time to make the effort!

Now it’s your chance to win a great car winter ready prize package. And be sure to visit WaterSavers® for more winter car care tips.

Win this cold weather car care giveaway!

The prize package ($150 value) includes:

  • Roadside Assistance Companion (Costco brand but Costco membership not required for use). 12 month membership.
    • Features: 24/7 nationwide towing & roadside assistance, battery jump start, fuel delivery, lock-out, and tire change.
  • WaterSavers® Duffle Bag loaded with auto essentials
    • Branded CamelBak Water-bottle
    • Stress ball (shaped like logo/water drop)
    • Charger bank (WaterSavers branding)
    • Glass cleaning wipes
    • Leather cleaning wipes
    • Auto vacuum
    • Car Febreze

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Giveaway ends February 21st, 2017 11:59 PM PT. US residents only, 18+ years of age. Please note that Stuffed Suitcase is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Carwash Association: WaterSavers. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

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