This week, Rhode Island experienced its first snowfall of the season. Like it or not, winter weather is here to stay a while. Some lucky snow birds may migrate to more temperate climates, but the rest of us are stuck here with our shovels and ice scrapers. Unfortunately, getting your vehicle out of the driveway after snow is not your only car-related problem this season. A sudden winter storm can leave you stranded if you are not well-prepared.
It is not too late to get your car ready for another harsh New England winter. Geoff Williams‘s article on “How to Prepare Your Car for Winter” at U.S. News Money has plenty of tips to benefit drivers of every experience level. Williams’s first suggestion is to make sure you have enough antifreeze, which ”is a no-brainer if you know cars. But if you are a new driver or just thankful you know how to turn on the ignition, maybe it’s not.” Antifreeze keeps the water in the radiator from freezing so it can flow freely and keep the engine cool. Even in winter, the engine can overheat without that water moving.
Williams also advises to pack your car with anything you might need during an emergency. In addition to year-round necessities like jumper cables, keep food, warm clothes, a blanket, and tire chains in a spot where you can access them easily. Insurance specialist Jeff Walker also suggests having a shovel, flares, a cell phone charger and extra cash on hand. For more helpful hints, read the article here.