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Get your car ready for severe winter weather

Posted on 10/28/2008

October 28, 2008701-328-8100

Bismarck, ND - Governor Hoeven has declared Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31, "Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week." During the week, North Dakotans are reminded to prepare for the severe winter weather ahead.

"Severe cold and the other conditions that accompany winter, are hard on our vehicles," said Greg Wilz, director of Homeland Security. "Making sure your car is ready is one of the most important steps to ensure the safety of you and your family while traveling."

If planning any significant travel this winter, it is important, at the very least, to check or have a mechanic check antifreeze levels, along with battery and ignition system, and exhaust system functions.

Other things to check:

  • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
  • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
  • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low
    temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
  • Tires - make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials
    are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some
    jurisdictions require vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain
    proper washer fluid level
For more information, please visit www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/winter.html.

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View the complete list of things you should check to get your car ready for winter driving.

This site updated as of 11/19/2017.