Your car is essential to get you places, including important places like work or a job interview! In locations like Keene, NH—where winter means frigid temps, ice, and lots and lots of snow—driving in winter requires a bit of additional preparedness. With that in mind, Masiello Employment put together these six steps to keep your car (and you!) prepped for winter travel.

  1. Check Off Your Car’s Check-Ups: You must visit a Doctor for routine maintenance, and your car must visit a mechanic on a regular basis for on-going needs (oil changes, tire rotation) as well as a general once-over (reviewing—and replacing, if necessary—everything from wipers to brake lights);
  1. Don’t Tire of Tire Maintenance: Check that your tire pressure is within the acceptable range for cold weather and, if using, ensure that your chains fit and are in good working condition—also, if you switch over to snow tires, do that well in advance of a storm;
  1. Give It Some Gas—and Some Windshield Wiper Fluid: Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times and make sure your windshield wiper fluid reserve is high;
  1. Clean Off Your Car—Entirely: Before putting it in Drive, make sure all snow is cleared off the roof, hood, and trunk of your car as well as all windows, both side mirrors, headlights, and brake lights;
  1. Communicate Your Route: If the storm is bad, but you must drive in it no matter what, share your planned route with someone who will not be in the car with you, and agree that help will be sent if you do not call from your destination by a designated time; and
  1. Drive With Caution: Driving in a snowstorm is different from driving in calm conditions—in other words, you cannot drive the way you “usually” do… so slow down, be extra observant, anticipate black ice and other hidden dangers, and know how to handle your car should the elements influence the way your car is responding and performing.

Follow this advice and impress your boss, or potential boss, with your dependability and timeliness, even when winter weather is far from ideal. (Please share this post to keep your friends and family prepped for winter travel as well.)

Next time, we will outline what to include in your Winter Car Kit. After that, we will review what you should do if you get snowed-in while driving in a winter storm. Until then—and, as always—stay safe!