- Inspect your tires and make sure they are in good shape.
- Don't forget to inspect your spare tire! Make sure you have all the tools you need to change a tire.
- Inspect your wiper blades. Change them if needed.
- Make sure the anti-freeze level is appropriate for your location (a local mechanic can help you with that if you don't know).
- Inspect/test your battery, especially if it is more than four years old.
- Check all fluids and catch up on any routine maintenance to prevent breakdowns (see my article Prepper Auto Maintenance Schedule).
NOTE: Many folks get the shortest jumper cables possible in order to save a couple of bucks (if they have jumper cables at all). However, its not always possible to park both vehicles that close together. Jumper cables are not that expensive, so go ahead an spend a few extra bucks to get a set that will be long enough to actually be useful. I have a 16-foot set of jumper cables in both my vehicles.
Other Winter Survival Tips
- Inspect/clean your chimney and wood stove pipes.
- If you use firewood, make sure you have enough to last you all winter.
- Don't let fallen leaves pile up against your home (fire hazard).
- Clean out gutters after the leaves stop falling (safety issue).
- Turn off and/or cover outside faucets and watering systems.
- Make sure your home food and water storage are topped off in case winter storms leave you homebound for a period of time. Same goes for any medications you take.
- Keep your gas tank topped off. Running out-of-gas is not a good idea in freezing weather.
- Update your bug-out bag for winter: include dry socks & underwear, gloves, head/neck coverings, poncho, emergency or reflector blanket, and make sure you have plenty of matches, lighters, and/or fire starters.
- A cold weather sleeping bag/system is highly recommended for winter months.
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