Icicles sparkle in the sunlight of a beautiful, clear winter morning. A foot of new snow has fallen overnight, blanketing the landscape like a clean sheet of paper, and the sounds of a crisp breeze fill the air. After warming up a cup of coffee, it's out to the driveway to warm up the car and head off to work. But wait -- the car won't start. And that fresh scent of new-fallen snow has been replaced by the smell of gas. Several more twists of the key, accompanied by the muttering of a few angry words, and the engine finally grumbles to life. Unfortunately, the heater doesn't work. No worries - the windows will probably clear up within 20 miles or so. You put the car into reverse and give it some gas, only to hear the spinning of tires coupled with the smell of burning rubber.If only that car had been winterized. Preparing for winter is an annual ritual in most parts of the country, and a lot of attention is paid to ensure that the family stays warm, heating costs stay low and snow gets cleared. Goretex boots and Thinsulate-lined jackets are pulled from storage and lawn furniture is stored in the garage. But cars often don't get added to that to-do list.
Despite frigid temperatures or several inches of fresh powder, vehicles are expected to operate safely on a moment's notice.
To limit problems this winter, consider the following tips before the snow flies.