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WaterSavers Cold Weather Survival Tips and Auto Kit & $20 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

The snow hasn’t started falling here yet in the midwest but it’s just a matter of time. The weather is pretty cold and the temperature is down in the 30 -40 degree’s. If there’s one thing I hate is cold temp’s. I honestly would love it if it were 70′s all year round but until that happens taking car of your vehicle during this harsh weather is so very important. With the cold weather your going to start seeing people stranded on the side of the road and you don’t want that to happen to you.

International Car Wash Association (ICA) offered these great tips for getting your car ready for winter. ICA, through its Wash With Watersavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less water and return clean water back into the environment.

1. Check your tires. Before the roads get slick, check your tires to be sure they aren’t worn and that they are properly inflated. You should be able to find the proper tire pressure on the inside of your driver’s side door. Cold air will cause the air in your tires to compress and may cause your tires to lose pressure, so make a note to check again later in the winter.

2. Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash. Putting your car through the car wash during the sloppiest season of the year may seem a strange idea but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements. Besides protecting your car, you’ll also be protecting the environment. Professional car washes can save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur when you wash your car yourself. You can learn more about the environmental benefits of a professional car wash at washwithwatersavers.com.

3. Check your brakes. Your brakes will work harder once the icy conditions of winter set in. Make sure they are up to the task by bringing your vehicle in to your mechanic for a thorough brake inspection.

4. Check fluids. In the winter, no fluid is more important than your coolant because, if you’re out of coolant, you’re out of heat. Your owner’s manual will tell you how much coolant you need as well and provide the correct blend. It’s also never a bad idea to keep an additional bottle of coolant in your car for emergencies.

8. Winter emergency kit. If you find yourself stranded by the side of the road, a winter survival kit can be very helpful. Include an ice scraper/brush, extra blankets or clothes – including hats and gloves – snacks and bottled water and a first aid kit. A small shovel can come in handy if you get stuck and a bag of cat litter can be used to provide needed traction for your tires.

Planning ahead will ensure that your family and your car will be in for a smooth ride all winter long. Not taking the steps to make sure your ready could result in disastrous conditions you don’t want to be a part of.

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o First aid kit, flashlight/signal torch, 2 AA batteries, 2 emergency candles, box of safety matches, 2 hand warmers, emergency water bag (1 gallon capacity), survival compass, emergency blanket and cotton gloves. All items are packaged in heavy-duty, water and puncture resistant carry case made of 600D polyester perfect for storing in the car.

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Comments

  1. nancy bowers says:

    Take extra clothes or blankets in case you break down.

  2. lisa lo says:

    I found this pdf site on Bing and it tells all that you should know.

    PREPARE for the trip; PROTECT yourself; and PREVENT crashes on the road.

    https://www.osha.gov/Publications/SafeDriving.pdf

  3. D SCHMIDT says:

    My best advice is remember stopping distances increase in bad weather and to always carry emergency supplies in your vehicle.

  4. steve weber says:

    leave plenty of space in front of the next driver.

  5. Mandala says:

    Use winter tires and drive below the speed limit especially when the road is icy.

  6. Cynthia R says:

    My winter driving tip is to keep the speed slow, there’s no need to rush. Also, if you hit a patch of ice, don’t slam on the brakes, it will just make it worse.

  7. Sarah Muennix says:

    Always give yourself enough space between your car and the one in front of you because on snow and ice you will need more time to stop in case of them hitting their brakes!

  8. I like to keep an emergency blanket in the car and I insist that everyone have on basic winter gear when we head anywhere more than a 10 minute walk from our house.

  9. Amy W. says:

    I’m a horrible driver, but I would say drive slowly.

  10. DESIREE H says:

    It does not really snow here, but the windshield will ice over, so I always have an icescraper. I also make sure that my car is up to date on oil changes and has a full tank of gas!
    Thanks so much!

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  13. vickie couturier says:

    if the weather is bad,stay home!,I don’t know how to drive in snow,so I don’t,,but when my husband is driving,we keep extra blankets,flashlights,always have our cell phones

  14. Debbie Jackson says:

    Always have blankets and boots with you

  15. Keely Hostetter says:

    We always have blankets and flashlights in the car for if we break down.

  16. Katie says:

    I always have blankets and a pair of boots in the car in the winter.

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  18. Janet W. says:

    My biggest tip is to slow down! People think they are invincible and nothing bad will happen. In GA, the biggest issue is black ice.

  19. Kimberly Frazee says:

    If you hit ice especially a ice storm we happen to come up on. Just pull off the edge of the road or in a driveway. If you wait just awhile and salt truck will be by and give about a good 40 minutes give or take depending on how icy it is the salt will break it up and you can slowly travel on. Always keep a full tank in the winter. If it gets down to half fill it back up with gas. Always keep a bag of kitty litter and even a candle with a lighter in one of your cubbies in the car. A candle can give you valuable heat if your car goes dead and the Kitty litter will pull you out of a stuck situation.

  20. Jessamine D. says:

    It doesn’t snow here but according to what I’ve learned, slowing down specially when it’s snowing or has snow would decrease your chances for collision. :)