Winter in Minnesota can turn the Twin Cities into a winter wonderland. But driving on snow and ice can pose serious risks if you’re not prepared. That’s why one of the most important steps you can take is assessing your vehicle’s safety before you set out on the road this holiday season.

Whether you’re commuting an hour to work or driving through Minneapolis in five o’clock traffic, take every possible precaution to keep your car operating safely first. At Suburban Auto Body, our certified Twin Cities repair technicians understand the importance of making sure your car is safe to drive better than anyone. In this blog entry, we’ll share a vehicle safety checklist to make sure your car is safe this winter.

Dangers of Winter Driving

Even if you don’t mind a little snow on the road, wintertime driving can be dangerous for Twin Cities Residents. This is especially true when blizzard conditions take hold of the region. Your best line of defense is to stay off the road in dangerous conditions.

Unfortunately, sometimes getting caught out on the road in the snow, ice, or freezing rain is unavoidable. These safety tips will help you get through the snow and ice as safely as possible.

Have an Emergency Road Kit

Emergency road kits are essential any time of the year, but winter can be a more treacherous season than others, so there are some critical items to compile, including:

  • Thermal blanket
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable food
  • Water bottles
  • Flares
  • Ice scraper
  • Personal items including toilet paper, tissues, and hand warmers

You can also add other items like a snow shovel and cat litter, jumper cables, chains, and an extra set of clothing.

Check Your Battery and Fluids

Batteries are more prone to not functioning in the wintertime due to corrosion and fluctuating temperatures. And it can take more power to start the vehicle in cold weather, so you want to ensure that it is tested and functioning at full capacity.

Your fluids will also need to be maintained, and you want to ensure you have antifreeze instead of water in your vehicle and a cold weather washer fluid for a clearer windshield. Oil can also thicken in the wintertime, so switching to one that is less dense and keeping deicer for your doors and locks are also beneficial.

Inspect and Upgrade Your Tires

If you have not checked your tires during the year, it is time to consider getting this done. Ensuring they have adequate pressure and plenty of tread will help you get through the more challenging road conditions. Having a set of snow tires or all-weather tires that you swap out in the colder months can also be helpful and give you extra traction on slippery roads.

Take it to a Professional

Winter is brutal not only on the drivers but on the cars, and one of the best steps you can take is to bring your vehicle to a professional and have them do a thorough inspection.

  • Checking all the fluids
  • Inspecting belts and hoses for cracking and fraying
  • Cleaning up battery terminals
  • Replacing windshield wipers with a heavier duty option

Winterize Your Vehicle With Suburban Auto Body

Even the most careful and experienced winter drivers should plan ahead for worst-case scenarios when snow and ice take over. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and nowhere is this truer than with your vehicle.

When our Suburban Auto Body collision repair team assesses your car’s safety, winterizes your car, and makes any needed repairs, you’re a safer driver on the winter streets. For added convenience, try our Suburban EZ program. Connect with our advanced collision repair team by calling at 651.633.8900, or contact us to get a free estimate.