The winter months in Maine can be tough. Driving in snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice becomes something of the norm. It usually will take a few storms before you can comfortably get your bearings back when on the road. Fatal crashes increase 14% just after the first snowfall. A small amount of prevention can bring you a lot of savings. Start with a tune-up. Below we have listed areas to check. Also listed below are items to have in your emergency/survival kit. In the event you are stuck, you know you and your loved ones will be safe until help arrives.
- Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
- Changing and adjusting the spark plugs.
- Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
- Inspecting the distributor.
- Checking the battery.
- Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
- Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line.
YOUR EMERGENCY ROADSIDE KIT
- Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
- Jumper cables
- Tow and tire chains
- Bag of salt or cat litter
- Tool kit
- Working flashlight and extra batteries
- Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
- First aid kit
- Exterior windshield cleaner
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
- Scissors and string/cord
- Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy