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Get­ting your car win­ter­ready at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son will keep your fam­ily safer when tem­per­a­tures drop and means you’ll have one less thing to worry about when a storm hits. Here are the ar­eas you should fo­cus on, with ex­pert ad­vice ev­ery­one can un­der­stand.

Lights. En­sure all your ex­te­rior lights and sig­nals are work­ing, which are even more im­por­tant in snowy con­di­tions with limited vis­i­bil­ity.

Tires. Once the tem­per­a­ture drops to 7°C, it’s time to switch all of your tires for win­ter ones. And while it’s tempt­ing, don’t try to get away with “all-sea­son” tires — their rub­ber hard­ens as tem­per­a­tures drop, mak­ing them lose their grip. Win­ter tires are made of rub­ber that’s de­signed to gain grip as tem­per­a­tures fall and have sipes that help keep the con­tact ar­eas of your tire dry. Reg­u­larly check the tire pres­sure of all four of your tires and the spare.

Bat­tery. Make sure your bat­tery is in good work­ing or­der and that ter­mi­nals and ca­ble ends are free from cor­ro­sion.

Wind­shield. Re­place your washer fluid with an­tifreeze and check that your wiper blades com­pletely clear the glass with each swipe. Con­sider switch­ing to win­ter wiper blades that are de­signed for harsher con­di­tions. You can also try re­plac­ing just the rub­ber squeegee strip rather than the whole blade. Emer­gency kit. Up­date your kit with sea­sonal ba­sics like gloves, boots, a hat, a blan­ket, win­ter jacket, an ice scraper, shovel, bag of salt or gravel, and an­tifreeze. Year round your kit should in­clude booster ca­bles, ex­tra wind­shield washer fluid, flares, a flash­light, safety tri­an­gles, and a first aid kit.

Body. Rust pro­tec­tion is an ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment as it re­duces ve­hi­cle main­te­nance costs, in­creases re­sale value, and con­trib­utes to a safer ve­hi­cle — but it’s im­por­tant to choose the right prod­uct to en­sure ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion against cor­ro­sion. Krown’s rust pro­tec­tion is self-heal­ing and is con­stantly creep­ing, re­main­ing ac­tive to con­tin­u­ously re­pel mois­ture and keep it away from the metal sur­face. Pen­e­trat­ing into even the tight­est seams and spot welds, its ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tion also lu­bri­cates many mov­ing parts such as door locks, brake ca­bles, and power an­ten­nas.

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