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Keep Your Car Prepped for Safe Winter Travel

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

White vehicle in front of dark blue background Prepare for cold weather accordingly with tips from SERVPRO of Marshalltown


Living in Iowa, it seems like a common expectation that snow will cover our roads at some point throughout the Winter months. Keeping your car prepared for driving in the cold is essential for a safe season of travel. This is true for transportation before, during, or after a winter storm. On the road, it's just yourself and your vehicle, so where do we look first in our efforts to construct a winter driving plan? 

Your Vehicle Itself

It's important to check on your vehicles maintenance before the cold arrives, or before getting behind the wheel this winter. Ensuring your car is ready to go for the winter months saves you both time and stress. Here are some valuable mechanical areas worth checking into.

  • Battery
  • Antifreeze
  • Wipers/windshield washer fluid
  • Ignition system
  • Thermostat
  • Lights/flashing hazard lights
  • Exhaust System
  • Heater/Defroster
  • Brakes
  • Oil level

 Ready To Go?

  • Install good winter tires. Make sure they have adequate tread.
  • Always maintain at least half a tank of gas.
  • Wipers/windshield washer fluid has been checked.
  • Check your exhaust pipe to make sure it is clear. A blocked pipe could cause a leakage of carbon monoxide gas into your car when the engine is running.
  • Plan long trips carefully. Listen to the radio or call 5-1-1 for the latest road conditions. Always travel during daylight and if possible, do not travel alone.
  • Dress warmly. Wear loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.
  • Place additional winter hats, gloves, coats, blankets and other warm weather attire throughout your vehicle to protect yourself against the cold during an emergency.

About SERVPRO of Marshalltown

SERVPRO of Marshalltown specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call us or send a message on Facebook 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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