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How to Prepare for a Winter Road

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During the winter, a dead car battery or accident can leave you stranded out in the cold, so it’s important to be well-prepared if you’re planning on a winter road trip. Taking the time to thoroughly check over your car before you leave and packing an emergency kit to take with you can help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip, no matter what the weather is doing. Winter Road Trips: What to Pack Before you head out this winter, be sure to stock your vehicle with some winter car safety essentials, including: Blankets or extra coats Bottled water Cell phone and car charger Extra can of gas Extra windshield washer fluid First aid kit Flashlight and extra batteries Jumper cables Matches Non-perishable food Shovel Small bag of sand or cat litter (to spread around your tires if you

What To Do If Your Car Won’t Start This Winter

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Cold weather slows the chemical reaction inside car batteries, which can leave you stranded with a dead car battery in the middle of winter. If your car won’t start this winter, follow the steps below to get running again:   If you think your battery may be drained from sitting unused for several days, shut the car doors and turn off all accessories (such as the heater, radio and lights). This will maximize your starting power. However, if you have driven your car recently and it still won’t start, you may need to exercise the battery for a while before attempting to start the vehicle again.   To exercise your battery, turn the key to start and hold it for no longer than 10 seconds (because overworking the starter can cause it to overheat). If the engine doesn’t crank, wait

How to Avoid a Dead Car Battery This Winter

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There’s nothing worse on a cold winter’s day than getting in your car, turning the key in the ignition, and…nothing. The cold weather can wreak havoc on your car battery, because low temperatures slow the chemical reaction that occurs inside the battery. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do to protect your battery from the cold. Follow the simple tips below to help avoid a dead car battery this winter: Install a Battery Blanket: A battery blanket is wrapped around the battery and fits inside the battery cover, with a cord running from the blanket to a wall outlet. The purpose of the battery blanket is to produce enough heat to keep the battery fluid from freezing. You can also mount a trickle charger on the battery to deliver power to the battery while the vehicle is

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