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Car Tips for the Upcoming Winter Season + A Preparedness Downloadable Checklist

The days are getting shorter… and colder as we head into prime snow season. Though I’ve heard we’re in for a warmer winter when compared to last year, you never know when you’ll be in a situation where a ready-bag is necessary!

Car Tips for Winter

Get a Car Checkup as a Preventative Measure

And make sure to ask about the health of your battery and to get an oil/fluids change. You’ll likely be using your heater and other features more during this time of year and will want to ensure your car is in tip-top working order.

Consider New Tires of Switching Over to Your Winter Tires

You might check your local rules for studded tires but having snow tires on during a snowstorm can really help. You’ll also want to ensure you have properly sized tire chains for your vehicle and go through a few practice rounds now, before the snow starts. At least after practicing you’ll have the basics of what the process entails.

Keep a Window Scraper in Your Vehicle

I keep mine in my car all year long (you never know when you’ll need it!), but during this time of year, you’ll want to ensure it’s in a safe spot you can easily grab and use. You don’t want to come out of work to a few inches of icy snow only to spend 15 minutes looking for it.

Replace Your Wiper Blades

The rainy season is far from over, and you’ll want to take a good look at your windshield wipers. Make sure they are no drying or cracks, and nothing is tearing. Having working wipers is key to combatting decreased visibility during Seattle’s rainy season!

Washington State’s Department of Transportation released their Winter Driving Supply Checklist, and here’s what they’ve got on their list.

  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag
  • Nonperishable Food/Snacks
  • Water
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cellphone Charger/Battery Booster
  • Tire Chains
  • Ice Scraper/Snowbrush
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flares/Warning Triangles
  • Kitty Litter/Sand to Help w/ Traction
  • Whistle to Signal for Help

You can download the WSDOT Winter Driving Supply Checklist here!

Every single year we hear stories of people getting stuck in the snow. Has that ever happened to you? WSDOT wants you to remind you that if you ever find yourself stuck or stranded, to stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help, and wait until it arrives.


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