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Prepare Your Vehicle

To decrease the risk of breakdowns, skids and other cold-weather difficulties, check the following components to make sure they're in good working order. You might want to take your vehicle to a professional to go through the checklist.
  • Windshield wipers
  • Lights, including flashers
  • Tire treads
  • Brakes
  • Battery power
  • Ignition system
  • Thermostat
  • Exhaust system
  • Heater
  • Defroster
Remember to keep antifreeze, oil, washer-fluid and gas-tank levels full throughout winter. Check them on a regular basis. And check your tire pressure monthly, because cold weather can reduce inflation pressure.

Before braving storms in your vehicle, put together an emergency kit:
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Blankets
  • Cat box litter or sand for added traction
  • Small shovel
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares
  • Matches
  • Brightly colored cloth to tie to your antenna or door handle as an emergency signal*

Use Caution When Driving

Stopping on a wet surface can take four times the distance as on a dry road.** When driving on wet leaves, ice or snow, reduce your speed. Allow additional space between you and the vehicle ahead.

Use your Subaru 4-channel/4-sensor ABS correctly: Step down hard and don't let up. Never pump anti-lock brakes.

Even Subaru Symmetrical AWD cannot improve your braking ability on slippery roads.

Most importantly, always wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts are the best way to reduce serious injuries in accidents and save an estimated 9,500 lives each year.***

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This article is reprinted with permission from Liberty Mutual Group.

* Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

** Source: Tire Industry Safety Council.

*** Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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