Prep Your Car For The Winter Ahead

Checking car fluid levels to prepare for winterWith winter weather just around the corner, here’s a quick checklist to get your car ready for the cold to come.


Give them a once-over for wear and tire pressure (they can lose pressure in the cold). If you’ll need snow tires, now’s a good time to get them.


Hard or worn wipers are a danger in bad weather. Think they can handle the snow/hail/road salt/miscellaneous debris they’ll soon be facing? If not, replace them.


Top up your windshield washer fluid and flush and refill your car’s coolant system.


Check that your car’s electrical system is properly charged. The last thing you want in the dead of winter is a dead battery.


Make sure your heating system and window defroster are working properly. You’ll thank us when the mercury drops. If you live in a cold climate, remember to put the ice scraper, floor mats and the rest of your winter supplies back in the car.

And speaking of being prepared, don’t let a dead battery or another mishap leave you stuck in the cold. GEICO’s 24-hour Emergency Roadside Service is available 365 days a year, to help you get moving again.

By Sam Song

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  1. Andrea Beagles says

    Thank you GEICO. This is great information for those of us who have no idea what keeps our
    cars safe and protected. I will keep the list in mind when I go for my car check up.

  2. Steve Holt says

    There are some really great tips in this post. It seems like making sure that my car’s battery is properly charged is the lesson that I need to learn from the most. My car battery dies every winter at the worst times. It seems like if I start charging it more frequently it won’t have that problem as often.

  3. Valarie R. says

    Its nice to be reminded to do the simple things that will keep us safe and secure while driving, thank you GEICO for being so helpful. Since I am more likely to visit this site than read my car manual I would like to see tips/reminders on routine maintenance under the hood and simple things I can do. Another thing is how to know if you have a good mechanic?