Preparing for winter driving in Minnesota takes on a life all of its own. We have compiled a short list of tips to ensure you and your vehicles are ready for the season:


  • -Check tire inflation and tread levels. Remember, tire pressure drops as the temperature does, so having properly inflated tires is critical.

    -Check your battery for sufficient voltage. Battery power drops as well during frigid conditions, and starting your vehicle puts a greater demand on the battery.

    -Check the cooling system, making sure that the fluid level is optimal, and that the mixture is suitable for our climate.

    -Fill the windshield washer reservoir with high quality “no-freeze” fluid, and keep extra on hand in your vehicle.

    -Make sure your windshield wipers work, and consider installing heavy duty wiper blades designed for snow and ice.

    -Stock you vehicle with necessary general purpose items such as an ice scraper, broom and small shovel (a military-surplus folding shovel or any type of ‘travel shovel’ will suffice in a pinch).

    -Keep a bag of abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter in your vehicle should your car get stuck in the snow.

    -Keep jumper cables, a flashlight and some type of signaling device (flare or portable emergency strobe light) on hand.

    -Blankets, extra gloves, wool socks and other winter attire can be a life saver if you become stranded for any length of time.

    -A mobile phone and charger are essential in case of emergency. Even keeping an older phone that no longer has service charged and in your vehicle is a good idea, as you can still use it to dial 9-1-1 if necessary.

    -Survival foods, such as high-energy bars, should be added to your ‘winter kit’.

    -Keep your gas tank as close to full as possible at all times.

    -Plan your travels in advance, especially if longer distances are involved.


At Communications Center, we hope all of your winter travels are safe and hassle-free. Know your vehicle, stay aware of your environment and be prepared, as “even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry…”


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