As autumn brings cooler temperatures, now is the time to prepare your car accessories for winter.
Here are five car accessories for winter that you should be aware of:
1. FORTIFY THE INTERIOR
Install sturdy floor mats to minimize damage to floors. Consider removable and washable seat covers as well to prevent moisture from creating a moldy environment.
2. PREPARE TIRES AND THEIR COVERS
You want to enhance the traction of your tires to maximize tread contact with the road. Check the condition of your tires. Special, heavier winter tires are advisable in very cold or hilly regions. Tire chains or snow socks help to maintain traction in heavy ice and snow conditions.
3. PROTECT YOUR WINDOWS
Few people get nostalgic about scraping and brushing ice from windows. Install winter wiper blades with rugged rubber construction. Consider purchasing a frost shield that covers the exterior window. A frost shield has straps that allow the cover to adhere to the doors or side mirrors so that when you remove it there is no need to scrape the window.
4. ASSEMBLE YOUR EMERGENCY KIT
In addition to the usual items–such as a flashlight and first aid kit–set aside jumper cables, a blanket, gloves, socks, and an extra change of warm clothes. Other items to consider are matches, flairs, a small shovel, and traction material (such as sand or kitty litter). Those living in very remote areas may also consider acquiring a utility plow with a front mount and packing some non-perishable food items.
5. KEEP THINGS IN TUNE
Before winter arrives, be sure your car gets a proper tune-up. Have the heat and defroster checked, along with the battery, washer fluid, and tire pressure.