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Preparing Your Car for an Alaskan Winter

How to “Winterize” Your Vehicle

With an extra-long winter that can have freezing temperatures and snow as early as October, tourists in Alaska or even new transplants may have a difficult time adjusting to the changes. One of the most common things that people forget during this time is that their vehicle may need some adjustments before it can acclimate to these new temperatures.

Here are three things you need to remember when preparing your car for those infamous Alaska winters.

1. Make Seasonal Adjustments to Your Vehicle

While people who live in Alaska or those who enjoy vacationing in cold weather may already know to swap out their tires for ones that can handle ice and snow, those new to the area may be unaware of this crucial seasonal adjustment. Getting a flat tire is one of the last things anyone wants to experience in sub-zero temperatures, so be consistently checking your tire pressure and tread depths.

Along with this, switching your wiper blades to ones specifically designed for winter weather is a simple adjustment that can make a big difference.

2. Check Under the Hood

Although you can take your car to a mechanic and have them ensure that everything under the hood is working properly, there are a few you can maintain at home on your own. Here are a couple of things to remember:

  • Test your battery and replace it if necessary
  • Check the oil and coolant levels
  • Replace the cabin air filters
  • Maintain your gas level at half full, even if you don’t plan on driving anywhere

According to AAA, the most common calls they receive are for maintenance issues like battery failures, so ensure that you are taking these preventative measures.

3. Make an Emergency Kit

The Municipality of Anchorage recommends that you maintain an emergency supply kit for your home, vehicle, and workplace. These should be conveniently packed in a backpack or similar container with items to keep you warm, dry, and healthy. While there is a detailed list of what you can include on their website, here are a few must-have items:

  • Basic first aid supplies like bandages, non-prescription drugs, antiseptic and alcohol wipes
  • Sanitation items like toilet paper and soap
  • Items classified as “emergency supplies,” such as flashlights and extra batteries, crank radio, and matches
  • Prescription medications, if applicable
  • Water and nonperishable food
  • Clothing items like extra coats, gloves, and hats

Remember, it is always better to have one of these kits on hand to help in an emergency rather than be unprepared if one arises.

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According to the Alaska Department of Transportation, Anchorage sees more fatal crashes than any other borough and thousands more are injured on roads across the state each year. Our local attorneys understand the importance of getting home safely and work to protect all motorists from negligent drivers.

If you or a loved one has been injured on Alaska roads and are looking for legal representation, call (866) 985-4224 or fill out this form to get in touch with a member of our Law Offices of Ben Crittenden team today.