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Winter… it’s coming, ready or not! Some love winter, some hate it. I guess it all depends on where you live, your personality, and what kind of weather you’re used to. For most of us who live in areas with cold winters, we just hang on for the ride and wait for spring. But there is one very important question that we need to ask about before winter arrives: is my vehicle ready for winter?
I get it – we are busy living life and focusing on the urgent things in front of us and then we forget about prepping our cars for winter until winter is upon us. So let’s agree right now to NOT put this off! Make plans today to get your vehicle ready.
A couple of years ago, my husband was driving to work after dropping our daughter off at preschool. His older car was in need of new tires. When he went around a corner, his car ended up in a ditch. This is the picture he sent me while I was at work:
Yeah, no fun! We were so thankful the incident was minor and he didn’t have our daughter in the car at the time. But his poor old tires were not up to the task of getting him unstuck, so a friend had to come drag him out of the little ditch.
Lesson learned! Do not go into winter with less than awesome tires!
Now that we’re in the fall season and snowy weather is just around the corner, we decided to make sure our vehicles had good tires to take on the winter. My car is newer with new tires, but my husband’s car needed some attention.
We ordered new Goodyear® Assurance® WeatherReady™ online at Sam’s Club. When the tires came in, we received a call to set up our appointment. On the day of the appointment, we checked in at the Tire Center and then spent a little time shopping while the new tires were installed. Such an easy process!
Goodyear is best for for all weather traction, for Mother Nature’s worst. When the weather turns ugly, I want to feel confident that my husband and I can make it home safely, which is why we chose Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires. They have predictable control in all weather, even tread wear with a reliable warranty, great value, evolving traction grooves to provide like-new traction as the tire wears, and 3D TredLock® Technology Blades that provide predictable traction in turns when the weather changes.
Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires can tackle all extreme weather conditions! I feel so much more confident going into winter with these tires.
The other exciting thing is that you can GET $80 OFF INSTANTLY* ON A SET OF FOUR GOODYEAR® TIRES! (This tire only fits certain vehicles.) This was the icing on the cake and made the tires an even better value than they were already.
*Save $80 off the displayed retail price. Excludes medium commercial truck tires. Not to be combined with any other offer. Offer can be changed, modified or cancelled at any time. No rain checks. See a Sam’s Club® Tire & Battery Center Associate for eligible tires, details, terms and conditions.
Now we have a few more things to do to get our vehicles completely ready for winter. Here are some things to consider:
8 Ways to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter
Check your tire pressure and get your tires replaced if needed. If you need new tires, find the tire size by checking the sidewall of your current tires, your owner’s manual, or by seeing if there is a sticker driver-side door jamb of your vehicle. Click here to access Sam’s Club’s handy tire selector tool.
2. Windshield Wipers
Has it been a while since you’ve changed your vehicle’s windshield wipers? Now is the time! Don’t be caught in low visibility winter weather without properly functioning windshield wipers.
3. Battery Test
Pop the hood and check your battery’s connections to ensure they’re free of corrosion. You may also want to head to your local auto service center and ask them to run a battery test and be sure it can hold a charge. Getting stuck in nasty winter weather with a dead car battery is no fun!
4. Build an Emergency Kit
Build an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle. Here are some items to collect for your kit:
- Ice scrapers
- Bottled water and food (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
- Windshield washer fluid
- Jumper cables
- A small tool kit
- First aid kit
- A spare tire
- Paper towels
- Plastic bags
- Tire gauge
- Tire changing tools
- A small shovel
5. Check Antifreeze
Your vehicle should have a 50/50 ratio of water to antifreeze and in the winter this should probably be 40% water and 60% antifreeze. This ratio is important in the winter to prevent it from freezing.
6. Oil Change
Before the cold winter weather hits, get your car scheduled for an oil change. Be sure to check your vehicle owner’s manual to see what type of oil is best for winter. Because oil tends to thicken in cold weather, you’ll typically want to use a thinner oil in the winter months.
7. Test 4-Wheel Drive
In a safe place like an empty parking lot, test your 4-Wheel Drive. Listen for any strange sounds and be sure everything seems to be working properly.
8. Gas Tank Level
In cold weather, keep your gas tank from falling below 1/4 of a tank to prevent gas lines from freezing.
Is your vehicle ready for winter? What do you still need to do? Tell me in the comments below!