Your Very Best Tips For Making Your Car Survive Winter

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I don’t know how it is for the rest of you guys, but I’m ready for winter. Manhattan has been irritatingly warm these past few weeks, but good winter car tips should always be handy, no matter the temperature.


From all the responses you guys left, it seems like the overall theme of driving in the winter is to prepare for the worst because you never know what might happen.

Nothing like inclement weather to keep things interesting. Stay safe out there, friends.

Tools Right Under Your Boots (SmallTownPizzaConsultant)

Never fails, apparently.


For When You Already Know The Basics (Exage03040)

Then you can start thinking about the less-than-obvious tips.


Do Your Prep Work (racermd)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cu—oh, you know what I mean.


These People Are The Worst (gotlightsaber)

Don’t only think about yourself.


Dress Rehearsal (dolphs44)

You’ll thank yourself later.


Don’t Forget The Rental Cars (General Purpose)

We already know how sketchy rental cars can be. Just another thing to keep an eye out for.


Follow At A Safe Distance (SmellinSalts)

You never know what that cloud is hiding.


For The REALLY Cold Days (Arolpin)

Take it from an Idahoan.


You Need To See, Also (WhiskeySnob)

The best snow tires in the world won’t save you if you can’t see the road.


Careful Where You Stop (CameHereToSaySomething)

Be very careful about where you stop.


Double Check And Then Triple Check (STANDARD6SPEED)

Be aware that other people also need extra time to react.


Keep Those Lights On (Free Market Party Company)

So people can, like, see you.


Know Your Car (Nooly)

Always get better with practice.


Fuel Up (nerd_racing)

You might need that extra gas if you get stuck somewhere.


Do It All Slower (I drive an Auto - Deal with it)

Basically, just know your limits and give yourself plenty of time.


Go For The Good Stuff (thedangler)

As in, the good stuff that they don’t usually put in your car from the dealership.


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