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Old 12-19-2010, 12:21 AM   #1
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Here'* a little something I like to put up in the winter time. Winter is a harsh and ruthless mistress. I know in Jersey the cold winter started real early. Here'* somethings you can do to keep you and your car safe during the winter season.
  • Keep tires at pressure
If you haven't check your PSI since the start of winter your tires will be low. For the Bonneville guys running 30-32PSI the tires are probably at 23-25 PSI Also check that spare. 2 ton car on a low doughnut is bad
  • Check coolant system for leaks
Nothing worse then being on the side of the road with a blown hose or leaking coolant. The heat of the car works off of the water system. If the coolant gets too low the heat will not work efficiently
  • Let the car warm up
At least 2 minutes before driving. This isn't for the coolant this is to heat up the oil.
  • Dry gas
Buy some Dry gas (iso-heat ect.) to keep the moisture out of the fuel and fuel lines.
  • Keep a blanket in the trunk
Just in case you get stranded this will help keep you warm till help arrives.
  • Keep a tarp in the trunk
Any on the field repairs are nicer on a dry surface.
  • Wipers
Nothing makes dangerous drive in the snow more dangerous than not being able to see

Just a little PSA to get us safely through the winter.
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Great information, thanks for sharing.
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Good stuff Justin. Thanks for posting!
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Keeping the blanket in the trunk is a great idea, I always have a hoodie aside from the one I'm wearing in the back seat just incase. Also, a flashlight is great to have. I've got an LED maglite I leave in the car. Runs forever on 3 D batteries, super bright, and works for breaking windows/bones. : P
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along with much of what'* already been mentioned,some things I keep in my vehicles all all time of the year:

two extra pairs of socks, one of them a good pair of wool socks. If you get stranded some where you're going to want some extra insulation for the toes if you have to go trudging through snow or if it'* just down right cold. If budget allows pick up an extra pair of hiking boots to keep in your vehicle. $25 will usually score a decent set of warm and water resistant hikers at wallyworld, no they aren't the best for holding up to years of wear but better then nothing if you run into trouble and don't have decent footwear on at the time. An extra winter hat and pair of gloves are a great idea to.


along with the afore mentioned blanket a couple of camping store emergency blankets, sometimes called "space blankets" .

an emergency poncho, to keep you dry should you have to leave your vehicle in wet weather.

a cheap metal mess kit (throw in a couple eating utensils) and a small Coleman butane/propane mix style burner (READ AND FOLLOW ALL WARNINGS FOR CARBON MONOXIDE!!!) as well as a couple cans of Chunky Stew or Spagehti O'* and meat balls (Just a couple of my canned food preferance), a couple Cliff or Power Bars.

a couple 1 liter bottle of water ( leave room for expansion for when the water freezes)

Strike anywhere matches and striker and a good butane lighter.

These are just a few of the things I like to keep on hand. Most of which fits easily in a back pack an can be stowed in your trunk, cargo area, or stashed behind the seat of your truck.
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I love Texas. 35 is considered cold here. 59 outside now.
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Nice Thread. Thanks bud. Im going to throw a blanket in the trunk tonight.
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i always wrap my fuel lines and filter..with wrapping to help keep direct ice buil up off them..as well as the bottom of my tank..not to mention keeps rust away haha
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Dry gas? explain... never hard of this before
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More commonly known as HEET or ISO-HEET or gas line antifreeze-water remover..
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