Hi there, and welcome back! In our recent post, we began looking at the ways to prepare your vehicle for bad weather, which included checking all the lights, tires, wiper blades, and refilling all of the main fluids in your car. Additionally, we recommend packing a roadside emergency kit so that you’re always prepared in the case of an emergency or should you need to perform a general auto repair on the side of the road. It’s only September here in Colorado, yet there are many thunderstorms and tornado warnings that will surely happen between now and the winter season. Taking the necessary steps to prepare your vehicle for bad weather will help ensure your and your passengers’ safety during inclement weather. Please continue reading below to learn more handy tips for prepping your car for bad weather.
Pack a First-Aid Kit
Like a roadside emergency kit, keeping a first-aid kit in your car is wise. Unfortunately, road accidents are an unsettling reality that many Colorado drivers will face, and bad weather only increases the chances of getting into a car accident. A first aid kit can help treat minor injuries sustained in an auto accident and can provide relief while waiting for emergency workers to arrive. Affordable, pre-stocked first-aid kits are available at any grocery store or gas station, or you can always build one yourself. Either way, these kits are great to have around in case of an emergency. It’s a good idea to keep a few bottles of water in your car at all times, too.
Check Your Battery
Inspect your battery for any indication of corrosion, dirt, or other issues that might prevent it from functioning efficiently. If you notice corrosion, clean off the battery with club soda and an old cloth. Are the battery cables and clamps frayed or badly corroded? Is the battery case cracked or damaged in any way? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you might consider replacing the battery or at least have it tested. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road with a dead battery in the middle of a lightning storm or during a tornado warning!
Build a Tool Kit
Tool kits are also great to keep in your car because you never know when you’ll need a specific tool to repair or replace something on your vehicle. Use a sturdy box or storage bin and stock it with basic tools such as a tire pressure gauge, a wrench, a multi-head screwdriver, sturdy clamps, work gloves, and of course, a flashlight. This way, if you have to pull over during a downpour to change your headlights or make a quick repair, you’ll have the necessary tools to do so.
Schedule a Windshield Repair
Inspect your windshield for any damage that may require a repair. Small chips and cracks may seem insignificant, yet they may obstruct your line of sight during a bad storm, especially one at night. Additionally, pressure changes and temperature changes can affect windshield cracks, making them spider out and worsen. If you notice any damage to your windshield, contact our reliable team at Denver Mobile Auto Glass and we’ll meet you at your location in one of our mobile trucks to perform the windshield repair.
Thank you for reading our short blog series which we hope you’ve found helpful. This concludes our short blog series exploring helpful ways to prepare your car for bad weather. If you would like to schedule a windshield repair or windshield replacement, please give our team a call, as we’d be happy to get you back on the road with a safe windshield.