5 Tips to Getting Your Car Ready For Winter PLUS Winter Emergency Kit Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

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5 Tips to Getting Your Car Ready For Winter from the International Carwash Association

1.       Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash – It may seem counter intuitive to get your car nice and shiny for what’s often the sloppiest season, but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements.

·         Professional car washes can also save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur with pavement washing. Check out www.washwithwatersavers.com to see how professional car washes save water and help prevent pollution.

2.       Check fluids – Check your coolant to make sure you have enough, as you’ll be left without heat if you don’t. Consult your owner’s manual to find the correct blend if you need to add more. It’s never a bad idea to keep extra coolant in your trunk in case of an emergency. Don’t forget about extra wiper fluid, either. It’s not expensive, so stock up!

3.       Winter emergency kit – In addition to stocking your car with a scraper and brush, it’s a good idea to include a few provisions in case you get stranded in snowy and cold conditions. Pack extra blankets, hats and gloves, high-energy snacks like granola bars, drinking water and a first-aid kit. We have createdan exclusive Winter Emergency Kit for you and one of your blog readers.

4.       Test your battery – The next time you have the car in for an oil change, ask the mechanic to test your battery to make sure it can provide enough starting power once the temperature plummets.

5.       Check your wipers – When sloppy weather hits, you’ll want to make sure you have strong wiper blades to see through the elements. Checking your wiper blades for wear and replacing them if needed can prevent huge visibility headaches once snow and sleet arrive.

I love reminders about this kind of stuff when it’s getting cold because I always forget! I made an appointment for next week to get the car checked out and ready with fluids and what not. I also searched for an more eco friendly car wash near me and found one right down the street! I’m going to be going there more often.
We have created a special Winter Emergency Kit prize package which will include the following:
·         32 oz. WaterSavers branded water bottle
·         Carabiner key chain
·         Medium flashlight
·         2 heavy duty AA batteries
·         19-piece first aid kit
·         Survival tool
·         Pocket knife
·         Emergency poncho
·         Emergency blanket
·         2 tea light candles
·         Safety matches
·         Survival instruction card
·         Mesh sack

Now onto the Giveaway!

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Disclosure: I am working with the International Carwash Associationto share these tips for getting your car ready for winter. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


  1. 1
    Annette D says:

    I make sure that my antifreeze is at the right level.

  2. 2
    Angela Kinder says:

    We actually do several things- make sure the car is stocked with anti-freeze, there are blankets, AND we always make sure our tires are in good shape!

  3. 3
    Jennifer B says:

    I don’t do anything, that can’t be good…lol

  4. 4
    Ann Fantom says:

    My husband prepares my car buy putting on the snow wiper blades, checking the tire’s air pressures and filling up the wiper fluid.

  5. 5
    joanne major says:

    i have all the fluids checked to make sure they arefull and i check the tire thread

  6. 6
    Donna L says:

    We live in Florida, so we don’t do anything special.

  7. 7
    Natalie Finch says:

    We put boots, extra minutes, hats, and blankets in the car. We also keep matches, a candle, and a coffee can.

  8. 8
    Kristie says:

    I like to have blankets, mittens, hats, etc.
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    Jackie says:

    We get the oil changed and have all the fluids checked. We make sure that the windshield wipers are in good working order.

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    Maureen says:

    Check the washer fluid levels (because of snow and salt residue and kickback from other cars). Make sure that there is always a 3/4 tank of gas. Make sure the anti freeze is correct. I make sure that I also have windshield scrapers and a snow broom and a blanket.

  11. 11
    Kathy S says:

    Top off my fluids and replace my wiper blades.

  12. 12
    Adrienne says:

    Make sure all fluids are topped off and the tires are at the right pressure.

  13. 13
    Racheal S. says:

    I check fluid levels including Antifreeze, get an oil change, and check tire tread. I also leave items such as ice scrapers and gloves in easy reach.

  14. 14
    Trung Nguyen says:

    I refill water and antifreeze

  15. 15
    renee walters says:

    We don’t do anything. Oops.

  16. 16
    debbie says:

    Check the fluids and make sure I have a blanket, warm hat and gloves, water for emergencies.

  17. 17
    Jennifer Madigan says:

    I make sure the fluids are full, tires are at the correct pressure and the wiper blades are in good order. I also pack extra blankets, hats and gloves. That way if something happens I can keep the kids warm.

  18. 18
    Brian Mungle says:

    Top off my fluids and replace my wiper blades.

  19. 19
    Sheila K. says:

    I’m in South Florida so my car needs no special preparation for winter!

  20. 20
    julieann r says:

    I put chains in the trunk
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    nannypanpan says:

    i get m tires checked

  22. 22
    Audra Weathers says:

    I like to get my tires checked and rotated, get a tune-up and make sure all my fluids are good.

  23. 23
    Monique Rizzo says:

    Change coolant!
    Thanks for the chance.

  24. 24
    Tarah says:

    I make sure I have blankets in the car, just in case we get stranded. And a cell phone charger!

  25. 25
    Chrystal D says:

    Check my tires and all of the fluids.

  26. 26
    Jenn M says:

    Check fluid levels and tires.

  27. 27
    James E says:

    give it a tune up so its less likely to break down

  28. 28
    Amy D says:

    We get the oil changed and the antifreeze checked. Also, put blankets and coats in the car and make sure the spare is aired up.

  29. 29
    Tari Lawson says:

    I don’t do much. I rely on my husband to get the cars ready for winter. I do make sure there is a blanket in the trunk and ice scrapers.

  30. 30
    Pat says:

    we have it checked,then stock with supplies

  31. 31

    We get our oil changed and pack the trunk with blankets in case we get stranded.
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  32. 32

    I have the oil changed and the tires rotated or replaced every winter.
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  33. 33
    Pauline M says:

    All season tires, oil change, new windshield wipers and trying to avoid driving in the snow!

  34. 34
    Rochelle says:

    I get a tune up, have it checked out to make sure it is running well, put blankets in the car and water. Thanks!

  35. 35
    stony says:

    we have all fluids checked and topped up, keep extra blankets and water and snacks in case we get stuck somewhere

  36. 36
    Steve Stone says:

    make sure all fluids are correct

  37. 37
    Rosa says:

    I leave a blanket, flashlight, and first aid kit in the trunk of the car.

  38. 38
    Christine says:

    have all the fluids checked

  39. 39
    Kristy Thiel says:

    we try to make sure a maintenance check is done on the vehicle!

  40. 40
    deb c says:

    We get it tuned up, have plenty of anti-freeze, tires checked

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    D Schmidt says:

    I take the car to get serviced to prepare it for winter

  43. 43
    Kyl Neusch says:

    get the fluids checked

  44. 44
    Marci says:

    I make sure my car is never less than half full of gas. I make sure I have my anti freeze wiper fluid. I make sure I have blankets and an extra pair of gloves in the car.

  45. 45
    Stephanie Larison says:

    We get the tires checked, and keep blankets in the car.

  46. 46

    We get it tuned up and I put a bundle in there with warm gear and supplies in case we get stuck.

  47. 47
    Karen Gonyea says:

    Top off fluids and make sure that our emergency supplies are stocked in the trunk :)

  48. 48
    MaryR says:

    Check wiper blades, windshield washer fluid and tire air pressure.

  49. 49
    Jess W says:

    Tires are checked, oil changed, and fluid levels checked

  50. 50

    I live in MN, so winter car prep is a big deal. We have a bag with extra clothes and blankets, water, granola bars, a flashlight and pocket knife. The necessities!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com
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    carla g says:

    I’m in the deep south, so we only toss in some blankets in case this kids get cold

  52. 52
    Liz C. says:

    We try to make sure that we’ve got a decent supply of food in case we can’t make it to the store & I’ve recently learned to crochet so I can make lots of items to help keep my family warm this winter. :-)

  53. 53
    Alexandra Clatterbuck says:

    I make sure the anti freeze is good to go, de-icer in the window cleaner, windshield scraper in car, blankets and snacks and water =)

  54. 54
    Alexandra Clatterbuck says:

    I have no Water Savers location near me. I live in a tiny little rural town.

  55. 55
    Ani says:

    I make sure the antifreeze and wiper fluid are good and that the tires aren’t worn down.

  56. 56
    Tamar says:

    We get winter tires put on.

  57. 57
    Emily T says:

    Check my tires and windshield wipers.

  58. 58

    keep the gas tank full
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    Angela W says:

    I winterize my tires

  60. 60
    Tegan says:

    I change the wiper fluid to stuff that works better in cold weather.

  61. 61
    Tegan says:

    There is a Water Savers less than 3 miles from me!

  62. 62
    Daniel M says:

    i just finished washing & waxing, checked all the fluids and tire pressures

  63. 63
    dani marie says:

    i put blankets and stuff in the car just in case.

  64. 64
    Kelly H. says:

    My husband maintains my car so I’m not really sure what he does.

  65. 65
    Sarah S says:

    I check all of the fluids.

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    nicole korson says:

    I go to florida!

  67. 67
    Priscilla Benavides says:

    Antifreeze! And make sure the defrost is working!

  68. 68
    elizabeth p says:

    We keep a some extra blankets in there.

  69. 69
    Steve H says:

    we have the car looked at to see if it needs worked on before winter

  70. 70
    Steve H says:

    3 miles is the nearest location to me

  71. 71
    Katharine Davis says:

    Usually blankets, water, flashlight, and kitty litter for traction

  72. 72
    Derek Timm says:

    Make sure I have proper winter items in my car.

  73. 73
    Debra Hall says:

    i send my car to my son who works for sears auto

  74. 74
    Gennie Lancaster says:

    I always get a tune up!

  75. 75
    Karen says:

    I get all fluids and oil changed and tires checkesd. Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. 76
    Brooke says:

    I make sure fluids are good and that I have extra gloves, scrapper etc

  77. 77
    Angela Cisco says:

    We change our tires/wipers

  78. 78
    Charlene says:

    We get the car serviced, put on snow tires & I put a blanket & a bag of sand in the trunk of the car for emergencies.

  79. 79
    Alison Wood says:

    New wiper blades.

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    Lucy Schwartz says:

    We usually include a bag of kitty litter in the trunk . It can help to add traction if you get stuck.

  81. 81
    Richard Hicks says:

    make sure fluids are full, air pressure ok in tires, good wiper blades and trunk has emergency stuff if needed

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  82. 82
    Maryanne says:

    checking our tires

  83. 83
    melissa Resnick says:

    we keep a blanket and a flash light in the car

  84. 84
    Sherri B. says:

    I make sure all my fluids are at the right level and check the pressure in my tires.

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  85. 85
    Erica C. says:

    I get the preventive maintenance done and make sure to have some supplies in the trunk.

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    rochelle johnson says:


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    Pam says:

    Double check and fill any needed liquids – antifreeze, etc.

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    Shannon says:

    I check th fluids and keep blankets and hand warmers in the car.

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    joni says:

    I always get the radiator flushed and an oil change.

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    Holly says:

    Keep kitty litter for ice in the trunk.

  91. 91
    Tonya Dean says:

    Add a bag of salt and blankets


  92. 92
    harolde says:

    I do nothing, that’s why I need to win!

  93. 93
    Sonya says:

    I make sure my tires are in good shape.
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    KeriMae says:

    Sheepishly admitting to doing nothing except keeping it gassed up. Glad I found this post!
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    Brenda S. says:

    I winterize my tires

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    Stacey Cockrell says:

    I’m not going to lie, I haven’t done anything so far.

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    Cristi says:

    Check tires, fluids, shovel,blankets, and water.

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    Jackee says:

    I keep a blanket, fix a flat and an ice scrapper.

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    Cassandra M says:

    i really can not afford to do much in the way of prep for the car itself. I do have a few things like clothes and bottle water and some band aids

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    Mary Jo Albert says:

    I make sure the tires have enough tread, take into locol mechanic & he goes over the car & changes oil. In the trunk I make sure I have a set of heavy winter clothes, sleeping bag, 3 gallons of water, energy bars, 0 degree sleeping bag, 1st aid kit, and tire chains.

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    kristy says:

    We check and fill up all the liquids and check the tires

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    Samantha Meyer says:

    I have blankets and a flashlight in the back of my car.

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    joseph gersch jr says:

    put in blankets flashlight kitty litter and de icer

  104. 104
    Tanya Bartlett says:

    Check my tires

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    amy deeter says:

    get winter tires

  106. 106
    Nicole D. says:

    I make sure I have my snowbrush, scraper and jumper cables, plus a warm blanket in the car.

  107. 107
    Melanie Montgomery says:

    I need to get new winter ready tires.

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    Charles Siedler says:

    I wouldn’t know since I live in Florida. Should I be doing something?

  109. 109
    JoAnn F. says:

    We put on snow tires and have the car serviced.
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    Jessica Rose says:

    I usually don’t do anything to prep the car for winter, the winters are pretty mild where I live!

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    Victoria R. says:

    My Dad still does a once over before winter – and changes my oil for me!

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    Crystal Faulk says:

    I don’t really do anything except switch to a de-icer windshield washer.

  113. 113
    Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    We check the antifreeze.I keep up with all other fluids every week.

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    Audrey says:

    I’m about to get a new car and could really use this. I like being prepared. Thanks.

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    clynsg says:

    I live in a pretty mild climate area, so it is just checking tires, antifreeze and making certain I have blankets in the car–just in case. Main problem here is ice, and that is normally gone by the middle of the day, so since I am retired I pretty much stay off the road on those days.

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    Secret Burkheiser says:

    I get my oil changed and make sure all my fluids are filled and that my tire pressure is good.

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    Kathleen Downes says:

    I check my wipers and all fluids.

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    regina m says:

    Check battery, fluids, tire inflation etc, and have emergency supplies ex: flashlight, some mre, a blanket, and water.

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    Tanya White says:

    I am not that good at preparing but I do make sure I have enough fluids in the reserves and that i do Have a new pair of wipers.

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    laurie says:

    i always put candles and a blanket in the trunk

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    Jennifer Reed says:

    We check tires, put in blankets, kitty litter in vehicle and change wiper fluid to de-icer. We also do not let our gas tanks go below 1/2 full. My dad was always a stickler about this in the winter.

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    Chrissy Nestor says:

    I alway’s put in anti-freeze, so my motor doesn’t break.

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    susan smoaks says:

    typically i don’t remember to prepare my car for winter!

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    mary reynolds says:

    first I do a tune up. make sure I have a blanket and flashlight in the car

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    Terra Heck says:

    My husband is a mechanic so he inspects our cars thoroughly right before winter and fixes anything that needs it. I also keep a couple blankets in the trunk in case the vehicle breaks down in the winter. Thanks.

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    mary gardner says:

    check the tires and fluids

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    jessica schueler says:

    Winter tires

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    Auri Lae says:

    We always get the breaks checked before icy weather

  129. 129
    Meg says:

    We make sure to put blankets and a flashlight in the trunk!
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    Sarah says:

    I usually change my windshield wipers.

  131. 131
    Vikki Billings says:

    We make sure to have antifreeze in it and also deicer for the windshield wiper fluid. Also like to keep a blanket in the car.

  132. 132
    Sarah says:

    I don’t do as much as I should. I usually just add a blanket and some de-icer.

  133. 133
    Jennifer Peaslee says:

    I get deicer and get my scraper ready!

  134. 134
    melina r says:

    change the oil

  135. 135
    Charity S says:

    I try to have services done before winter.

  136. 136
    Anna says:

    Mainly we just put antifreeze in it.
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    Lisa Garner says:

    We take the car in to be winterized every year and carry blankets, hand warmers and flash lights in the trunk.

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    Lisa Garner says:

    I checked out the Water Savers Website and their are no locations within 25 miles of my house.

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    shirley zolenski says:

    Keep the tank full, make sure my radiator is full and check my tires

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    Tabathia B says:

    I usually take it in to get all fluids topped off

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    James Coyne says:

    Make sure i fill up on de-icer

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    kelly says:

    I keep an emergency kit in my car.
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    Breanne says:

    I get winter tires

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    Virginia Rowell says:

    I keep a blanket in the car and I also have a small emergency kit.

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    laura ari says:

    I have a tune up right before the winter.

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    Laura Proctor Unger says:

    I have a bag with a couple bottles of water, and a blanket that I keep in the trunk.

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    kathy pease says:

    hubby changes the oil thats about it i think

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    Laurie Emerson says:

    We make sure that everything is in good running order before it starts to get cold and replace tires if they need to be replaced,

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    Laurie Emerson says:

    We do not have a location close to us.

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    meme says:

    I have a blanket flashlight and small tool kit

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    Kelsea Eaton says:

    I dont do very much, but I make sure I have a window scraper for the ice in the morning.

  152. 152
    Heather C says:

    I add blankets and snack foods and water.

  153. 153
    Angela Cash says:

    I make sure the antifreeze is full and check to make sure the four wheel drive engages properly.

  154. 154
    Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we also carry a small shovel in the trunk during the winter.

  155. 155
    Sand says:

    I take it in to make sure it’s running well in time for winter.

  156. 156
    Christian Alejandro N. says:

    We use antifreeze.

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    Marcy Strahan says:

    Make sure I have anti freeze! I also put a blanket in the back & check my flashlight batteries.

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    Dorothy Deakyne says:

    get oil chande, put snow tires on. check fluids

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    Elizabeth Miller says:

    Keep an ice scraper in the car.

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    Rosey says:

    we get a tune up and make sure a kit is in the car w/emergency items.

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    Sarah L says:

    get tune-up, put in shovel, clothes,

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