Michigan Driver: Guide to Preparing Your Car For Winter
Forecasters say that Michigan residents should not to get too accustomed to the 2011-2012 winter weather. Last year, winter storms were bearable, snow fall was minimal and well below the states’ average. Fortunately Michigan also will not be experiencing weather as severe as 355.90 inches of snowfall (1978-1979). Forecasters have noted that winter in 2012-2013 will be relatively normal. During the month of November the state’s average will be 40 degrees with doses of heavy rain, snow showers, and lake snow. By December, temperatures will decrease to high 20’s and lows 30’s with potential showers, t-storms, flurries, and lake snows.
It is very important for Michigan residents to be prepared for severe winter weather, as well as any unwarranted, drastic climatic change. The extreme winter weather conditions can damage your vehicle if it is not properly prepped and maintained. Here are some tips on how to keep your car alive during the frigid Michigan weathers.
Preparing Your Car For Winter Tip #1 –Tires: Throughout the winter seasons, the roads are very slippery and warrant multiple car accidents. Ensure that the tires of your car have adequate tread; depending on the car, tread depth should be between 9/32 and 1//32 of an inch.
Preparing Your Car For Winter Tip #2 –Fuel: Maintain a high volume of fuel in the tank to prevent any potential problems, such as a frozen fuel line.
Preparing Your Car For Winter Tip #3 –Wipers: To avoid freezing, substitute your current window wiper fluid with washer fluid concentrate. Replace the window wiper blades with blades suitable for snow and ice.
Preparing Your Car For Winter Tip #4 –The Mechanic: Visit the local and trusted mechanic and have them check the following; battery, belts, hoses, anti-freeze level, coolants, brakes, and defroster.
Preparing Your Car For Winter Tip #5 – Emergency Kit: Create and store an emergency kit in your car. The kit should include the following: flashlight, battery operated radio, extra batteries, windshield scraper, jumper cables, map, shovel, water, non-perishable foods, blankets, tow chains and rope, first aid kit, and antifreeze.
For more tips on prepping your car for winter, visit http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/emergency_management
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