As the weather cools, it is time to start thinking about winter. While you may double-check the calendar and think about the weeks before the first snow falls, it is essential to ensure you prepare your vehicle before winter storms start to roll in.
Whether you have lived in Minnesota for years or this is your first winter, there are a few ways to ensure you (and your vehicle) are ready for safe driving, no matter the weather.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready for driving this winter.
Ice can come early
For many, it can be tempting to think about winter as too far ahead to plan. However, as the temperature drops, you will need to consider that fall rain can quickly turn to ice as the ground begins to cool.
Fall is an excellent time to see if it is time to replace your tires. You can check the depth of your tread by placing the edge of a quarter (with Washington’s head facing down) into the tread. If your tire is at or above the top of Washington’s head, you should start shopping for tires. The more space you can see, the more urgently it is time to replace your tires.
Ready for anything
Winter can bring any number of emergencies. If your vehicle stalls or you have a flat in the middle of a snowstorm, you may need supplies such as:
- Warm blankets
- Inflated spare with tire-changing tools
- Sand, salt or cat litter for traction
- Collapsible shovel
- First aid kit
You may also need to consider preparations specific to your vehicle. For example, if you drive a pickup truck or another vehicle that tends to be light in the back, you may need a bag of sand to give you more control when roads are slippery.
Winter is around the corner, so fall is the perfect season for getting ready for icy roads and snow storms. You can travel more confidently, knowing that your vehicle is prepared for cold weather.