Page 40 - The Carolinas Today Winter 2015
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Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean. 

Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels. 

Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. 

Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.

Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and 

maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing. 

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. 

Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level. 

Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are 

usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive 

on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:

a shovel 

windshield scraper and small broom 


battery powered radio 

extra batteries 


snack food 


extra hats, socks and mittens 

first aid kit with pocket knife 

necessary medications 


tow chain or rope 

road salt and sand 

booster cables 

emergency flares 

fluorescent distress flag

Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, 

caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering 

windows with plastic. 

Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your 

family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away 

tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.

Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected 


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