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9 Ways to Winterize Your Car


Holiday parties. Gift shopping. Family visits. This time of year, car care may be the last thing on our minds, but it’s essential for safely traversing winter roads. Before the chill really sets in, make sure you follow these tips to properly winterize your car (and avoid getting stranded in the snow).

Keep an eye on antifreeze, oil and washer fluid levels to keep your car running smoothly and safely.

Stay toasty warm by running your heater and defroster now to ensure they’re working properly.

Wiper Blades
Upgrade to a winter blade that can handle both snow and ice.

Test all your lights (including hazards) and make sure you have a spare set of bulbs on hand.

Keep your tank above half full to avoid freezing your fuel lines and damaging the fuel pump.

Tackle snowy terrain by making sure your tread’s in good shape and your pressure’s up to par.

Clean up any corrosion, then get it tested for free at your local O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Brakes & 4-Wheel Drive
Test both systems before roads get bad to make sure they’re in working order.

Emergency Kit
Pack an ice scraper/brush, flashlight, flares, blanket, hand warmers, water, snacks, jumper cables, phone charger and washer fluid.