By Nina Moore
Although extremes are somewhat rare in Seattle, in the winter, the temperature can sometimes dip as low as the mid-thirties. Snow is not unheard of either. Although the average Seattle snow storm typically sees fewer than six inches, the largest snowfall ever to hit Seattle occurred in 1950 and totaled twenty inches. Seattle is not far from snowier mountainous areas and if you travel in your Jeep, you’re bound to hit some inclement weather this winter.
Therefore it’s important for Seattle residents to winterize their Jeep brand vehicles. You don’t want to be late to work or miss out on any social opportunities, so it’s essential to ensure that your vehicle is in the best possible shape as you head into the cold season. Here are four important tips for winterizing your jeep in preparation for the impending cooler weather:
1. Perform a Flush of the Cooling System
The cooling system of any Jeep brand vehicle is crucial because it helps to prevent your Jeep’s engine from freezing. The weeks leading up to winter are therefore an ideal time to prepare the system with a good flush. This will reduce the possibility of a breakdown or overheating.
2. Install the Appropriate Accessories
Snow and rain are common in Seattle in the winter, so make sure your windshield wipers are in ideal shape. A good set of wipers will come in handy during an unexpected snowfall or rainfall to maintain good visibility. Grime from snow and mud from winter rain can damage the appearance of your Jeep, so consider installing mud guards as well. Having a set of floor mats will reduce wear to your interior. If you’re going to be driving in the snowier mountainous regions beyond Seattle, you may want to consider purchasing snow tires that can better grip the road, or even keeping snow chains in your vehicle. Finally, consider a winch cover to keep the road salt out.
3. Service Your Brakes
Sleet, snow, and black ice are sometimes threats to the Seattle roads in the winter. If you need to come to a sudden stop, you’ll be relying on your brakes. Make sure to get them checked before the winter approaches to ensure that you have plenty of padding, and if they haven’t been serviced in a while, consider flushing the brake fluid as well.
4. Carry Emergency Essentials
While Seattle doesn’t get a lot of snow, it also is not as well equipped for snow as some other colder cities. The city of Atlanta was recently crippled by just two and a half inches of snow, with people getting stuck in their cars for some time. Be sure to prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle, in case you ever become stranded. This kit should include water, some nonperishable food, a blanket, a shovel, flares, a flashlight, jumper cables, and an ice scraper. You may also want to keep a container of gas in your Jeep in the event of emergencies, and make sure to keep your tank full in the winter.
Remember to follow these four tips, and your Jeep will be ready to travel the distance and face the changes that winter weather brings.
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