Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter

winter tire tracks snow (website)

As winter approaches, the Kent County Road Commission has tips to help you prepare for traveling during the cold and snowy months.  

Make sure your vehicle is in good working order by: 

  • Checking the condition of your tires or considering winter tires.
  • Replacing wiper blades if needed.
  • Filling up on antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.
  • Ensuring your vehicle’s battery has a sufficient charge.
  • Keeping your gas tank from being close to empty.

Keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle is also important. It should include: 

  • A blanket and warm clothes
  • A flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Shovel
  • First aid kit
  • Bag of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Cell phone charger
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Water
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Reflective triangles

Michigan State Police also has a downloadable Auto Emergency Preparedness Kit Checklist to help you.

For more tips on how to prepare for winter, click here.