January 29, 2016|
Prepare Your Vehicle Now for Severe Winter Weather
MADISON, Wisc. (January 29, 2016) – AAA Wisconsin urges motorists to take the following steps this weekend to ensure that their vehicle is ready for the winter storm expected to impact most of the state early next week:
- Check your battery strength. Faulty batteries cause more car starting problems than any other factor. Make sure terminals are tight and clean. If your lights seem dim or vehicle starts are sluggish, have your electrical system checked by a technician.
- Inspect your windshield wipers. Visibility is critical when driving in adverse conditions. Replace worn wiper blades and fill washer fluid reservoir with winter formula solvent.
- Test your lights. Activate you lights – including brake lights - and replace any bulbs that have burned out. This will help ensure that you can see and be seen.
- Check your tires. Keep a firm grip on snowy and icy roads by making sure your tires have adequate tread depth and are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
- Fill your fuel tank. Prevent fuel-line freeze-up by keeping your gas tank at least half-full.
- Park your car in the garage. If you do not have a garage, put a tarp over the hood or park away from prevailing winds. To keep doors from freezing shut, place a plastic trash bag between the door and the frame.
- Pack an emergency kit. Be sure to include a phone charger, jumper cables, warm gear for all potential passengers (boots, hats, gloves, blankets), flares, flashlight with extra batteries, food and water for all potential passengers, general first aid kit, non-clumping kitty litter, ice scraper, snow brush, shovel, and windshield washer fluid.
- Brush up on winter weather driving techniques. Check out AAA’s YouTube page for videos that can help you stay save while driving on icy or snowy roads.
- Join or renew your AAA Membership. Visit a branch office or www.AAA.com to get the peace of mind that comes from having the nation’s most comprehensive roadside assistance program just a call or click away. Members are covered in any car — whether they are the driver or passenger. Please note that during severe winter weather AAA usually experiences a significant increase in road service calls. During such times, priority service is given to members who are stranded or in a dangerous situation.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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