Unfortunately, summer is over and winter is beginning to show its ugly face. So, that means it’s time for us to start thinking about the different things we can do to get our Jeeps ready. In this post I will be talking about the things I believe are necessary to make sure this winter will be smooth sailing.
The first thing, in my opinion is to prep your windows. What I mean by this, is using Rain-X. For those of you who don’t know what Rain-X is, let me start by saying that it is magic in a bottle. When applied to the outside of your windows it acts as a water repellent. In my personal experience, rain and snow literally roll off of the window and allow for incredible visibility even in the worst of rain and snow storms. Rain-X can be found at your local auto store or available online.
Next on my list would be recovery gear. During the winter, it is very possible, even in a Jeep, to get stuck. One of things I think everyone should have is a recovery kit. Your average recovery kit includes gloves, tow straps, drag chain, D-Rings, and a lot of times even includes jumper cables. Recovery kits are life savers for anyone who finds themselves in a bit of a situation. These kits are incredibly helpful on and off-road and are definitely something EVERYONE should have. You can find an assortment of different recovery kits at http://www.extremeterrain.com/wrangler-jeep-recovery-kits.html.
Next thing I would recommend for the winter is to always keep your gas tank half full. By keeping the gas tank half full at all times this reduces the amount of condensation that gets into the tank. If there is less condensation in the tank it will allow your Jeep to start much easier in cold temperatures.
Other things to keep in mind include always being cautious while driving. Owning a Jeep is a pretty awesome thing, however that doesn’t mean you are invincible. Always keep your lights on while driving in winter conditions. If it’s snowing it can be very easy for someone to not see you if your lights are not on. See and be seen is the motto here. Other tips include driving the speed limit at all times and even driving slower depending on road conditions. Take turns slow and brake gently. The last thing you want to do is slam on your breaks. Hitting the brakes too hard when road conditions are bad can cause your vehicle to spin out, thus losing control and can cause an accident. Always remember to take road conditions and weather forecasts into consideration before driving during the winter. Also, always remember to clean your car off of any snow or ice that may have accumulated, BEFORE you begin driving. If you neglect to clean off your car before driving you are not only putting your life in danger but everyone else’s as well.
Well, I hope this post helped you guys and gals with what kinds of things you should consider buying and doing for the winter season.
Until next time, keep on Jeepin’!
~ Jeep Family