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Winterizing Tips for Your Vehicle

Winter is officially here and our friends at Michelin have some tips on keeping you safe during snowy weather. To help with some of those, we’re giving away an LED flashlight, tire pressure gauge, Michelin winter hat in blue and yellow, and a hot/cold beverage Michelin cup that’s made in the USA! To enter, tweet @TheIDriver with a photo of something you’ve done from the tips below. We’ll randomly pick a winner by December 28.

Stay safe out there and be sure to educate your friends and family too!

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“READY, SET, WINTER!”:  WINTER  TIPS FROM MICHELIN FOR OUTSIDE + INSIDE OF YOUR CAR

OUTSIDE

INSIDE

TIRES: Tires lose pressure as temperatures drop. Even if winter conditions are mild, remember to check your pressure once a month.

If driving where temperatures consistently approach freezing, consider a winter tire like the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, built for superior traction and handling in winter conditions.

EMERGENCY KIT: Carry an emergency kit with gloves, blanket, flares, a shovel, flashlight, water, extra batteries and cell phone charger, as well as an emergency contact list with important phone numbers.

LIGHTS: Inspect your headlights and brake lights to ensure they’re fully functioning, which are especially important during winter fogs or heavy snow.

BATTERY: Battery capacity is decreased significantly by cold weather. Before the winter months, have your mechanic check it to ensure it’s at peak performance. It’s also a good idea to carry jumper cables in your car, should you ever need someone to give you a boost.

WIPERS: Buy washer fluid with antifreeze solution to protect visibility and ensure windshield blades are in good working order.

HEATER & DEFROSTER: Make sure the heater and defroster are in proper working condition for occupant comfort and visibility.

WAX: A fresh coat of wax before the snow flies can help protect against damage from salt and dirt.

INTERIOR MATS: Using winter mats in your car can go a long in keeping your car’s interior clean during the snowy, slushy months.

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