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Winter is fast approaching, are you ready for the harshest season out of the year? If you haven’t taken steps to prepare your Scion yet, you should set some time aside to do so now. Follow along with these steps to get ready for ice, snow, sleet and slush and all the troubles that come when the temperature dips down. It will take some time, but all good things do.
Keep an Emergency Kit Handy
There’s no telling when you’re going to run into an emergency while driving down the road, it’s especially important to be prepared for such things during the winter. Make sure that you have jumper cables, a spare tire or donut, a jack, a flashlight and a blanket in your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to keep an emergency cell phone in your vehicle if you don’t normally carry a cell phone with you anyway. With this set you should be able to handle most emergencies that you come across and get help for the rest.
Plan for Ice and Snow
If you live in a northern climate, chances are good you deal with a lot of ice. You should have an ice kit in your vehicle to help you with common cold-weather troubles. The kit should have sand, an ice scraper, de-icer and a small shovel. The sand and shovel are to help you dig yourself out of a snowbank and increase traction so you can get out if you slip off the road. The ice scraper should always be kept on hand to clean off windows when they ice up. De-icer is a handy little tool to get doors open and unfreeze keyholes when it’s really cold out.
Take Care of Maintenance
Cold weather is particularly hard on vehicles in the winter, and the last thing you want to be doing once is cold is working outside on your vehicle. That’s why it’s so important to handle all the maintenance tasks before it gets too cold out.
The first thing you need to do is take a look at your tires. Make sure the tread is good and rotate them if necessary. Switch over to your winter tires once the weather is cold enough for snow if you have any. After the tires you should move on to your oil. Check to see how long it has been since your last change. Switch it if necessary to make sure you don’t have to deal with the task in the winter. Finally take a look at your coolant levels and ensure that your antifreeze is topped up properly to keep everything running smoothly in frosty temperatures. Also check your battery to be sure it’s still in top condition. Starting your car is more difficult in the cold and a poor performing battery won’t turn the engine over on those particularly frigid mornings.
Now that you’ve gone through the steps you should feel better about your chances of getting through winter without an issue. You’re ready for unexpected problems, and the maintenance you did should help you avoid some of them.