5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter w Emergency Kit Giveaway

Are you and your car ready for winter? International Carwash Association (ICA), through its "Wash With WaterSavers" consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment.

International Carwash Association 5 Tips to Get Car Ready for Winter

To help you get better prepared, ICA created these 5 Tips for Getting Your Car Ready For Winter:
  1. Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash – It may seem counterintuitive 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 created an 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.

WIN The Mommy Factor Giveaway!

Here's 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

For this giveaway I'm using the Rafflecopter form which is super easy! Go on and enter to win! Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. December 3, 2012.

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Please Note: I am working with the International Carwash Association to 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.

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  1. Checking your wipers is the most useful

  2. Testing your battery because we have previously experienced that issue (d schmidt in rafflecopter)

  3. I like the emergency winter kit idea. I have 2 small children, so I think this is an absolute must!

  4. I like the winter emergency kit, it is so important to keep that in your car.

  5. We get snow storms here in ID. I found those winter tips useful and a great reminder. Patricia

  6. Check your wipers...so important here in the midwest. If your wipers don't work you literally cannot see. Thanks for the chance!

  7. I find useful Check your wipers helpful, I find that I do have to change them every other year or so, and I do need to see good out of my windshield.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

  8. Winter emergency kit is the most useful. Thanks!

  9. Testing your battery

  10. I like the "Winter Emergency Kit" tip because it could save your life one day!

  11. the test your battery

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  12. I like the Test your battery tip.


  13. Testing the battery, I never do that!

  14. i like the wash & wax tip to keep paint in good condition.

  15. I never thought of high-energy snacks like granola bars, drinking water