5 Tips to Getting Your Car Ready For Winter (Plus Giveaway)

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With winter knocking on our doors, we think about prepping our homes and cars to be ready for the cold weather that will be lingering.  It is very important to take steps to protect your home and cars against the cold weather.

Five Simple Ways to Prepare Your Car For Winter

1.       Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash – It may seem counterintuitive to get your car nice and shiny for what’s often the sloppiest season, but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements.

Professional car washes can also save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur with pavement washing. Check out www.washwithwatersavers.com to see how professional car washes save water and help prevent pollution.

2.       Check fluids – Check your coolant to make sure you have enough, as you’ll be left without heat if you don’t. Consult your owner’s manual to find the correct blend if you need to add more. It’s never a bad idea to keep extra coolant in your trunk in case of an emergency. Don’t forget about extra wiper fluid, either. It’s not expensive, so stock up!

3.       Winter emergency kit – In addition to stocking your car with a scraper and brush, it’s a good idea to include a few provisions in case you get stranded in snowy and cold conditions. Pack extra blankets, hats and gloves, high-energy snacks like granola bars, drinking water and a first-aid kit. Read below how you can start your preparations with our giveaway!

4.       Test your battery – The next time you have the car in for an oil change, ask the mechanic to test your battery to make sure it can provide enough starting power once the temperature plummets.  Most automotive stores will do this for free.

 5.       Check your wipers – When sloppy weather hits, you’ll want to make sure you have strong wiper blades to see through the elements. Checking your wiper blades for wear and replacing them if needed can prevent huge visibility headaches once snow and sleet arrive.

To help you get started with your preparations on a winter emergency kit, one reader will win a Justin Case kit that contains the following:

  • 32 oz. WaterSavers branded water bottle
  • Carabiner key chain
  • Medium flashlight
  • 2 heavy duty AA batteries
  • 19-piece first aid kit
  • Survival tool
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency poncho
  • Emergency blanket
  • 2 tea light candles
  • Safety matches
  • Survival instruction card
  • Mesh sack

To enter to win, leave a comment for each of the following you complete! 

  1. Leave a comment with one of your winter weather tips.
  2. Follow Watersavers and Twitter.
  3. Like WaterSavers on Facebook.
  4. Follow The Frugal Greenish Mama on Twitter.
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  6. Leave a relevant comment on another blog post on TFGM.
  7. Tweet about the giveaway and leave your url of your tweet (this can be done daily and please mention @FrugalGreenMama).
This giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18 years of age and older.  The giveaway will end on 11/30 at 11:59pm EST.  The winner will be notified and have 48 hours to respond.

Disclosure:  I was provided with my own winter emergency kit.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

45 thoughts on “5 Tips to Getting Your Car Ready For Winter (Plus Giveaway)”

  1. One winter saving tip is to use only Windshield washer fluid for winter driving. Do not use the summer Windshield washer fluid otherwise it will freeze if you live in a cold climate.

  2. My tip: Keep the gas tank full. Fill up when it’s near 1/2 tank. That way, if you run into a problem you won’t be driving on fumes.

  3. We always keep blankets, thrift-store destined sweaters and/or coats, socks, gloves, hats & a pair of walking shoes in a bin the back of the van all winter long. It took one time breaking down in 10 degree weather in our church clothes without a cell phone or stroller or baby carrier to learn to stock the car properly!

    1. Great ideas and yes it is a necessity when you have little ones! I am sorry you had to go through that but happy you are prepared now!

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